The Windies all-rounder, Andre Russell made a memorable debut as a skipper for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2018) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.

Apart from starting his captaincy prospect on a winning note, he also bagged the ‘Player of the Match’ award. After being dropped on the first ball, Russell drove his team, Tallawahs with a stunning four-wicket win.

Russell announced himself as a burgeoning star after playing a blistering knock in the third match of CPL’s fifth edition. He carried Tallawahs on his back while chasing the daunting target of 224.

Andre Russell played a blazing knock after claiming a hat-trick. (Photo By Randy Brooks/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the help of his 40-ball hundred – the fastest one in the CPL, Russell helped his team to achieve the target with three balls to spare. He played an outstanding unbeaten knock of 121 off just 49 deliveries which included 13 giant sixes and four boundaries.

Interestingly, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan was also present in the visitor’s gallery to witnessing this swashbuckling knock.

The Bollywood actor is also the co-owner of Trinbago Knight Riders that features in the CPL. Besides his remarkable performance with the bat, Russell also grabbed a stunner.

Andre Russell played a brilliant hand in CPL 2018. Credits: Getty Images

Most importantly, he bagged a hat-trick. His hat-trick came in the final over of the inning from Trinbago Knight Riders.

Shah Rukh Khan on Andre Russell

On being asked how did Bollywood icon, Shah Rukh Khan feels after Russell displayed his overall performance, he said.

“Today all the players from Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders are doing well. We scored over 200 runs. Andre Russell has taken a great catch and three wickets. So I feel delighted when my players are playing in the opposite team and play well.”

 

“I met Brendon McCullum last night, he started his career with KKR, and I was telling him last night whenever he plays well, against our team also, I feel happy. All the players when they get into a team, they play like it’s their own. Owners cannot own ownership over them. Players belong to the game. As long as they are playing well, we get delighted.” he added.