Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) did not get off to a positive start in IPL 2020, losing their opener to Mumbai Indians convincingly. Even their star all-rounder Andre Russell was unable to do wonders for the two-time champions. However, with Russell in the side, KKR could not be taken lightly and Dinesh Karthik has revealed what it is like when the Jamaican walks out to bat.
Andre Russell has been the heartbeat of Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting line-up and over the past couple of years, he has hit boundaries at will. Russell boasts of a strike rate of 186 in IPL, which is the highest so far. He bagged the award for the man of the tournament last year for amassing 511 runs and picking up 11 scalps. Hence, the expectations are at heights from the Jamaican.
Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hosted Dinesh Karthik in a show on Youtube called ‘Hello Dubaiahh’ where he asked the KKR captain how to bowl to someone, whose mishit shots goes a long way for sixes.
“How do you bowl to him? His miss-hit is a six with 8m clearance, decent hit 15m and a whack is out of the ground. As a captain how can an opposition bowler bowl to him?” Ashwin asked.
Dinesh Karthik responded by saying that a bowler has to pray that Russell is in a bad mood and that everything should be in his favour. The keeper-batsman underlined that watching the 31-year old walk out to bat is scary as he strides out like a wrestler and looks like an MMA fighter with all his muscles.
“Just watching him walk in is scary. He comes in like a wrestler. What a build up he gives while doing that. He’s a brilliant character. With his muscles and all, he looks like an MMA fighter,” Karthik told the 34-year old spinner.
“The only thing Andre Russell is not scared is of the ball” : Dinesh Karthik
The 34-year old further revealed that Andre Russell is terrified of most things like rollercoasters, driving cars or even when the bus sways slightly. According to Karthik, ball is one of the few things that don’t scare him. The two-time champions face SunRisers Hyderabad in their second game on Saturday, aiming for a victory to open their account this season.
“But he’s scared of everything. He’s scared of driving cars, or even when the bus swerves, he gets scared. He said, he’ll never be on a rollercoaster. Never judge a book by its cover. The only thing he’s not scared of is the ball,” the KKR skipper added.