West Indies powerhouse Andre Russell can decimate an opposition. He showed a glimpse of exactly the same in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last season. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will continue to rely on him largely in IPL 2020 and ahead of the season, Kuldeep Yadav admitted that he doesn’t likes bowling to Russell.
Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been a crucial member of the KKR squad. He said that he doesn’t likes to bowl at Russell in the nets as if he misses and the West Indies all-rounder hits one then the ball comes straight to the bowler.
“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.
In IPL 2019, Russell accumulated 510 runs from the stipulated 14 games at an average of 56.66 and a strike rate of whopping 204.81. The Kolkata franchise will hope the West Indies star to continue his run in IPL 2020 as they chase their third title under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik.
All the franchise have arrived in UAE with some of the foreign players still to join the squad. Players from England and Australia will join their respective franchises once their ongoing three-match T20I series concludes.
IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out.