With scores of 49, 48, 62 and 48 in first 4 matches in the IPL so far, the big man from West Indies, Andre Russell is on fire. His strike-rate has been 268.83 and the KKR finisher has hit more sixes (22) than fours (17) in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich league. He is hitting sixes every 3.5 deliveries.
"We keep putting him in tough situations and he keeps lifting his game. He is just too good," said KKR opener and hard-hitting batsman, Chris Lynn. "Two-hundred and fifteen was probably par on that wicket. Both teams gave opportunities. We dropped Kohli and AB de Villiers and RCB also dropped a couple of chances. Luck was on our side. Change of fortune for us. It is unbelievable and entertaining for us. He keeps doing it. He is a billion dollar man for KKR," he added.
In Kolkata's last game against Bangalore, Russell smoked seven sixes and a four in his 13-ball 48-run knock that helped KKR beat RCB from jaws of defeat.
Former Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar is feeling "depressed" and "disappointed" over one of the laws of the game that has divided the cricketing community in last week or two. We are talking about the so-called "mankading" law, which has become a talking point ever since Ashwin used this form of dismissal to run-out Jos Buttler in the game against Rajasthan Royals.
However, Gavaskar doesn't have problems with the law itself rather the name of the law, which is after former Indian cricketer, Vinoo Mankad. Gavaskar finds the name of the law as disrespectful towards Vinoo Mankad.
“Just because over 70 years back a lazy foreign journalist called a run-out of Bill Brown the Australian non-striker for backing up out of his crease by Vinoo Mankad as being ‘Mankaded’ the term has stuck,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India.
He added, “That Brown had been warned more than once by Mankad and still continued to transgress was overlooked and even after Sir Don Brahman found nothing wrong in Vinoo Mankad’s action the media called it Mankaded.”
“It really has been depressing and disappointing reading the Indian media over the last few days. The lack of respect shown to an Indian legend and referring the run-out by a bowler as ‘Mankad’ is indeed very sad,” he wrote.