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The name Andre Dwayne Russell aka Dre, Dre Russ, cannot be divorced from any conversation about T20 cricket.
The 32-year-old Jamaican and Windies professional cricketer is widely regarded as one of the greatest T20 players to have ever played the game.
Russell markets his cricket skills around the world as a right-hand batter and right-arm bowler.
“When the history of T20 cricket is written, Andre Russell will deserve a tome to himself, with a few chapters devoted only to his batting. In T20 cricket, there isn’t another player like him,” noted espncricinfo.com
A look at Andre Russell’s stats in the Indian Premier League reveals why he intimidates bowlers worldwide.
Among the elite of the elite T20 players, Russell ranks at the top in terms of performance and impact value.
The 2019 IPL showed Russell’s superman-like qualities and demonstrates why oppositions have reason to fear him once he’s on song or in the zone.
In one of the major highlights of the last season, Russell smashed an unbeaten 48 in 13 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad to take KKR to a sensational win — pulling his team from the jaws of a defeat.
Russell scored 510 runs in 14 games last year in the IPL at an average of 56.66 and a strike rate of a whopping 204.81.
Overall, he has played 64 IPL games and has a strike rate of 186.41.
According to a hindustantimes report, KKR left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was asked about his experience of bowling to Russell in the nets, and the 25-year-old explained thus:
“To be very honest, I don’t like to bowl to Andre Russell during the nets sessions because you tend to get scared when he goes for the big one, and sometimes he misses out, and it comes straight to you,” Yadav told News 18.
“Difficult to adjust yourself, but yeah, if you are bowling to him, you get a lot of experience to bowl in death overs or big-hitting batsmen. It’s a good experience for me, and he’s definitely one of the best T20 players, and we’re lucky to have him,” Kuldeep further said.
The two-time champions KKR will be looking to win their third title when IPL 2020 kicks off from September 19th in the UAE.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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