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 is history.
In a latest episode of Knights Unplugged, the hard-hitting all-rounder expressed his desire to continue representing KKR until the end of his career. “Just like players in big (football) leagues like English Premier League, or the Basketball guys (at NBA) retiring from the sport say ‘okay, this is my last game’ and they wave goodbye to the crowd – I imagine I would love to be at KKR until that moment in my career.
“I’d say, ‘Listen, Shah Rukh, all the KKR staff, everyone, this will be my last IPL and the last home game playing in Kolkata.’ It would be such an emotional moment. I sometimes watch videos and I see footballers crying and I’m wondering if I would actually cry,” Russell said.
Russell also expressed his desire to win an IPL cup for his team and hoped that the IPL takes place this year. “I really need that cup as well, and I am really hoping that we can have the IPL this year, so we can become the Champions,” Andre Russell said.
Andre Russell was picked by KKR picked in 2014 for just 60 Lakhs. However, in his inaugural edition for KKR, the all-rounder played in just a couple of games but the next season proved to be a mile-stone in his career as he showcased his prowess in World’s beat T20 League.
The 2015 edition saw Russell score 326 runs at an astounding strike-rate of 192 along with 14 wickets. In 2016 also, Russell kept the momentum going with 15 Wickets and 188 runs to his name. Before a-year ban in 2017 forced him to miss the 2017 edition.
The all-rounder has been riddled with the injuries in last couple of years missing out on most of the international and T20 assignments. However, Andre Russell managed to represent KKR fighting with the injuries as he amassed 13 wickets and more than 300 runs in the 2018 season and 510 runs and 11 wickets in 2019 season.