KKR and MI are going to face each other first time in IPL 2019 today at Eden Gardens. KKR has to win this match at any cost to keep their hope alive of reaching in play-offs while MI will be hoping to win this match to confirm their position in play-offs.
KKR started their campaign with a bang but has lost their last 6 matches consecutively. Kolkata knight riders has played 11 matches so far but has won only 4 matches. They are at 6th position in points table. If KKR wants to qualify in playoffs, they have to come back to their winning momentum.
Before today’s match, Andre Russell held a conference with reporters. Andre Russell thinks that poor decision of KKR is the reason behind losing matches. He said “We have a good team, but having a good team and making bad decisions, I think you will always lose games. And that’s what we’ve been doing. I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time. They say our batting has been struggling, but our batting hasn’t been struggling really. We get the totals that we should defend, and we should restrict teams to lesser totals and go in and get those runs. And we don’t really take our catches, we’ve been the worst fielding team so far. It’s plain on TV, everyone’s seeing it.”
Andre Russell was disappointed about losing the match against RR. He said “I’m disappointed that we played Rajasthan Royals recently and got defeated by a weak batting line-up. If you can’t restrict a team for under 170-plus with our bowling attack, then against a strong team like Mumbai we’re going to need miracles. We just have to count on our belief. If we win the next three games, chances are that things might go our way. But we have to win our games.”
Andre Russell is really disappointed by KKR losing matches consecutively. His disappointment can be felt in what he said. He said “To be in this position is not the most healthiest. I find myself just being in my room for the last couple of days. Losing game after game… I’m not the type of guy to go walking around like I’m doing something good. Even if I score a half-century or get five wickets and we come out on the losing end, it doesn’t make me want to leave my room.”
Andre Russell is really disappointed right now of KKR loosing matches. He is feeling down at the moment. He said “We as cricketers, we have to hold our passion inside and not show it on the television. I’m passionate inside. Sometimes it may show on the field. I may get upset at a team-mate for dropping a catch or not taking a half-chance. Because when we mess up, [opposition] guys take our half-chances. It’s hard to go walking around, losing six games in a row. It’s not healthy. I’m feeling down at the moment, but tomorrow when I cross that rope, my level will be 150.”
On asked whether he will be come up in order of batting in upcoming matches, he replied “Yes, there have been conversations with the coach, and he’s backing me to go in whenever the team needs me. Maybe tomorrow you’ll see me a bit earlier, maybe I’ll be coming in at the same lower-order spot. It all depends on what happens tomorrow. You can’t predict the future. If we should get a good start, then maybe I’ll just stay where I normally bat. I can go in at four-five overs to go, I’m happy doing that. If the team needs me to bat 12 overs tomorrow, I’m happy to bat 12. If they need me to bat three or four, that’s my job.”
Andre Rusell has smashed every bowler of very team in this season of IPL. Only MI bowler are left outside his radius as he KKR will be playing first time against MI in this season. MI have some world class bowlers like Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.
When asked to him does he feel any fear in facing these bowlers? He replied with a laughter and said “I never fear any bowler. Never, Bowlers fear me! (laughter) I’m not bragging or anything. I can get out in one ball tomorrow, or the first ball they bowl can go for six. I’m not afraid to get out. It’s not a life and death situation. You’re giving yourself a chance to score runs, and they’re trying to get you out. Bumrah is a top bowler and so is Malinga. But they’re human beings. Tomorrow they can bowl a few balls that slip out of the fingers and don’t come out like they normally come out – and I’m in business. I never back down.”
On asking about support they are getting from Kolkata fans. He said “It’s been unbelievable to be honest. We keep losing game after game, but the stadium is always full and I know Sunday we’ll get another full crowd. It’s just amazing. In the Caribbean, if I was playing for West Indies or Jamaica, and we lose six games in a row, you’ll not see no fans to be honest. You’re going to see a few die-hard fans, but you won’t see the stadium full like this. People are going to say, ‘you’re not playing good cricket’. It’s not like the English Premier League where guys look to fight. It’s just amazing. I would appreciate if the stadium gets full tomorrow. That would really get me pumped, after hitting a boundary and taking a wicket to hear a big cheer. That would really keep us going.”