Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounder Andre Russell is all gearing up for the opening game of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. It would be Kolkata’s first match and the second for Mumbai Indians, who sustained a convincing loss against Chennai Super Kings at the same venue on Saturday. Meanwhile, Andre Russell hit the nets and played a shot that shattered the camera glasses. It could be a sign of what is to come for the Mumbai Indians.
Andre Russell has developed into one of the best all-rounders in the history of T20 cricket and more specifically IPL. Russell’s strike rate in IPL stands at a jaw-dropping 186, which is the highest so far and not many players have come close to it. The 31-year old secured the player of the tournament last year for his 511 runs and 11 scalps. While Russell did not have a particularly outstanding CPL this season with the Jamaica Tallawhas, his presence and impact for KKR could not be discounted.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ official Twitter handle shared a video of Andre Russell, sharing a sneak-peek of his red-hot form. During one of his big shots in the training nets, the right-handed batsman broke the camera glass. The video had a caption as “Oh gosh! That’s SMASHED – wait for the last shot.. #MuscleRussell warming up to his devastating best! @Russell12A #KKRHaiTaiyaar #Dream11IPL,”
Below is the video of Andre Russell swinging for the fences:
? Oh gosh! That’s SMASHED – wait for the last shot..#MuscleRussell warming up to his devastating best!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 21, 2020
The Dinesh-Karthik led side put on an inconsistent display the last season as the overdependency on Russell was glaring. The two-time champions will hope for the likes of Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, and Eoin Morgan to step up more this year. KKR also has the most expensive player in Pat Cummins, who fetched a mind-boggling INR 15.5 crores this season. In doing so, he became the highest-earning overseas player in the auction.