When it looked like RCB will end up winning their first game of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, Andre Russell pressed the destruction button leading KKR to victory by 5 wickets. The stage was set for the West Indies all-rounder but was kept quiet for the first five deliveries of his innings. However, Siraj's beamer allowed Russell to open up his big arms and the rest is history.
He scored an unbeaten 48 runs off 13 balls, which was laced with seven sixes and one boundary. After his blistering knock, Russell said such chases doesn't happen every day but he was backing himself to lead KKR to another win.
“I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see how the pitch is behaving. I was watching in the dugout on TV and had a fair idea. When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it doesn't happen every day. Need to put your body on the line. The nature of T20 is such that one over can change the momentum. That's why I never give up,” Russell said in the post-match presentation.
“A part of me was saying that the runs needed were too much but I wanted to fight and eventually, we won with five balls spare. The support is good from the boys and I am in a good space so that I can express myself. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my power. Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren't easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can't explain much, rather show that on the field,” the KKR all-rounder added.
Andre Russell is having the form of his life at the moment. The powerful West Indies all-rounder has come into IPL 2019 and bossed the field. There hasn't been anyone as destructive as the explosive Russell. His eye for details has helped Kolkata Knight Riders earn victories from difficult situations. For the fourth game in a row, Russell showed his magic in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season.
KKR have managed to seal three wins out of four matches in IPL 12. They sit second on the table and it's all because of one man - Andre Russell. The big-hitting all-rounder has played shots all around the park and its sheer madness to watch him attack bowlers at the death with such finesse. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals and now Royal Challengers Bangalore faced the brunt of Russell's power.
The stage is almost set for this man. He comes in towards the end and pulls off the magic tricks from the hat. His hand and eye coordination is just superb. Be it clearing one leg and hammering bowlers through mid-wicket region or dispatching length balls straight down the wicket, Russell is a sensation. Lower full-tosses are dispatched at ease with the right-handed batsman playing the short-arm jab. This is extraordinary batting.
Russell like 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle has developed a knack of hitting sixes. Gayle has truly been the king of T20s and he has mastered the format for so many years. The 39-year-old Gayle is an outright opener who comes in and sets the tempo. We have seen Gayle being destructive against the world's best bowlers over the years. Now Russell is doing the same in the IPL in particular. He is more of a finisher though and the role is different from Gayle. But when it comes to effortless six-hitting, Russell has shown flashes of the legendary Gayle.
In the IPL 12 season, Russell has notched scores of 49*, 48, 62 and 48*. His monstrous hits silenced SRH at the Eden Gardens. It was a match SRH had it in their pockets. Against KXIP, Russell's brilliance helped KKR get those extra runs and that was the difference in the end. Against DC, his superb show on a slow pitch got KKR to a decent total after the struggles they faced. And now against RCB, he guided the side to a victory from an unthinkable position.
Russell has the best strike-rate this season (268.83). He has hit the most in IPL 2019 (22). And he is only the third batsman to go past 200 runs this term. His calm presence and persona is a true identity of the confidence that follows. Russell does weird things in terms of shot-making and his absolute power makes him the king of T20 cricket.
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