In last couple of years, Andre Russell has begged himself the tag of best fast bowling all-rounder in the franchise cricket. After serving a ban of 1 year in 2017, the Caribbean all-rounder made a grand entry in the franchise cricket with two back to back impressive seasons in IPL.
The IPL 2019 might have been won by Mumbai Indians, but it was Andre Russell, who hogged the limelight through his breath-taking hitting. Representing his franchise KKR, the swashbuckling all-rounder amassed 510 runs and 11 wickets to walk away with the Most Valuable Player award.
Although, the most fascinating thing about his innings was the Six-hitting as he topped the charts with his tally of 52 sixes in the season. In the many blistering innings that he played last year, one of the most devastating innings of the season came against Royal Challangers Bangalore in which he scored a whirlwind 48 off just 13 Balls to help KKR chase the mammoth target of 206 Runs.
Recently, in a talk with KKR’s official handle, Russell opened up about what flared him up during the innings. “Dinesh Karthik got one boundary or two then he got out. He hit the ball and I think Virat Kohli took the catch (Chahal it was). Virat Kohli turned to Venky (KKR CEO) and where all the wives and KKR supporters were and he is like ‘come on’. When I looked up, like something triggered in my head like, hell no this is not over,” Russell said to KKR website, reported Cricket Times.
“When Shubman Gill walked out, I said ‘hey listen I am gonna take down anybody that bowls. Anyone who comes on I am gonna take them down. So just try to give me as my strike as possible’. He said, ‘anything you say big man’, Boom. Since then, the game, it was like six after six and every time I was hitting a six I was not even looking at the scoreboard because sometimes you get carried away with the crowd and everything.”
“Every time after hitting a six I would go to Shubman, punch the gloves with him and go back to take as much deep breath as possible, that allows you to become calm. Looking around is like a waste of energy,” Russell added.