The deRuss aka ‘Andre Russell’ does not need any introduction for his T20 exploits the world over. He is one of the rarest batsmen who can hit sixes at will without much footwork and timing. He just lines-up the bowler and the rest his history.
But unfortunately, the West –Indian star could not represent his team the Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury. The all-rounder has been riddled with the injuries in last couple of years missing out on most of the international and T20 assignments.
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The all-rounder, who was here as an invitee by Zurich Middle East for their Cricket Sixes tournament at the Sevens Stadium, opened up on his frequent knee injuries and reason behind his weak lower body as compared to his upper body.
Andre Russell revealed that he wanted to look sexy for girls in his younger years and now, in late 30’s of his career, he is paying the price for ignoring the pain at that time.
Russell, advising the youngsters pursuing career in cricket, said, “Those who want to be another Russell should never do what happened to me,” he said. “When I was 23 or 24 I began to get knee pain,” he said. “If I had someone tell me: ‘Look Russ, you should get your knee stronger by keep doing these simple exercises,’ I would have been pain free from my knees and hopefully I wouldn’t have to have had surgery. Unfortunately, at 23 you are fearless, and I used to ignore that pain and I always gave it a quick fix by taking pain killers and kept running.
“By the time I reached my late twenties I started feeling the pain like I never felt before. The wear and tear began to show up. If I was doing those strengthening exercises like training of the legs and doing the right things, I would have been fitter.”
Russell, revealing his mistakes, also warned others to not to do what he did. “I want the youngsters to know that guys should not just think about the upper body alone,” he explained. “I used to go to gym and just work only on my abs and my shoulders because I wanted to look sexy for the girls. At the end of the day being sexy and then your legs being weak, don’t work. So it is very important to have a complete work out of the body. I could have done more wonders had I worked on my legs too.
“I have been struggling with my knees and I cannot really get to do what I want to do in the middle but still I can stand and hit the balls for fours and sixes.”