Andre Russell felt “cool” when he beat the eight monster sixes against the Punjab Kings, because he always knew what he needed to do when he went in with KKR’s score 51 against four.
Russell made an undefeated 70 out of 31 balls and what looked like a tricky chase at one point ended in an anticlimax when the great Jamaican got the max in the stands.
“It feels great, this is why we play the game. In that position, I know what I can do,” Russell said after the game.
Russell had indicated to his partner Sam Billings that once he was properly warmed up, he would go for the shots.
“It was good to have someone on the field like Sam who can rotate and help us get through the tough times. When I started sweating I just said I should go. I backed off my ability and that was what I did tonight. I I’m happy to have the team across the border. ”
The strategy was to ignore Rahul Chahar’s enchantment because left-hander Harpreet Brar did not appear threatening.
“I knew we were the two guys who will definitely try to get a partnership. I said to Sam, ‘Listen, let’s just hit some overs and see what happens.’ the ball and nothing happened.
“So we decided to take the lead from one end and try to get singles from the other end. Chahar bowled extremely well, it was gripping too. We did not want to take much chances against him. We knew it would be easier. I will say one (when asked how many he got from the middle). ”
Russell does not bowl much and was also hit by a shoulder niggle in the last match but is happy if skipper Shreyas Iyer wants him to do so.
“I’m happy to do whatever the team demands. I’m looking to bowl in death. If the captain wants me to bowl one in the powerplay, I’m more than happy to do it but we have a good number of bowlers. We have some guys who in fact, can chip in one or two as well.
“I know in some games I will not bowl four but if I throw at least two overs I can feel part of the game and feel like an all-rounder. These things happen, some games it will be easy and I might not balls a ball. ”
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Umesh Yadav, who has been a revelation in this edition after playing two games in the last two seasons, said that it is his work ethic that has kept him going.
“I have to work hard. To get older and when you know when you only play one format, I look to bowl as much as possible. When someone improves in training, they do well during the match as well.
“Whatever happens now has been because of what I have trained with my coaches. If you bowl at 140 km / h, you have to be careful, you have to bowl at the stumps.”