A delighted Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to praise Andre Russell after his heroics against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

When Royal Challengers’ innings came to an end against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday, they must have thought that they are now at most 20 overs win away from registering their first win of the season. Sizzling fifties from Virat Kohli (84) and AB de Villiers (63) had helped the Royal Challengers put up a daunting total of 205 for 3. The score was Royal Challengers’ highest of this season and also their top-score against the Knight Riders.

Knight Riders began their reply strongly but the Royal Challengers soon took command. With just four overs of the match remaining, it looked all over for the Knight Riders as they needed 66 from 24. Dinesh Karthik hit a couple of big shots in the 17th over but departed on the final ball to leave his side reeling at 153 for 5. With 53 runs needed from the final three overs, it looked like Knight Riders are set to suffer their second consecutive win of the season.

Ander Russell was hailed by Shah Rukh Khan (Credits: BCCI)

But perhaps the majority had underestimated the damage Andre Russell could inflict. Russell had managed 1 from his first two balls but it was not at all the pointer to the storm he was going to create at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium. The Jamaican allrounder slammed 48 not out of just 13 balls to take Knight Riders home with five balls remaining. In the 18th over, he hit three sixes before hitting four more in the following over in addition to hitting one four. The Knight Riders eventually won with five balls remaining.

Delighted with the win, Shah Rukh Khan soon took to Twitter to point out just how dangerous it could be to write off Russell.

“And you guys in the Dugout who said game/set/& match……u may know your cricket but you don’t know @Russell12A !!! WOW u CHAMPION. This calls for Wine my MuscleMan!,” wrote Shah Rukh Khan.