Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell reveals how he exercises in order to hit those big sixes when it matters. Russell explained in a conversation with Shakib Al Hasan and Venkatesh Iyer that it takes a lot of work to be in good shape.
Russell recently suffered a hamstring injury which has kept him out of KKR’s last few matches. In his stead, Shakib played and impressed the management. Now that Russell is back, it will be compelling to see if Kolkata opts for his services or continue to play the Bangladeshi all-rounder.
“I would like to do 20 to 30 pushups every day, just to keep my body strength going. Because hitting those sixes, 100 meters or more, I might do it for a couple of times a year, but hitting those sixes consistently, it takes consistent work.”
“At the point of contact, most of the time, I try to make sure that everything goes to the ball. Some guys, they look to time the ball. They keep their shape, and they want the ball to go over the ropes. I want to hit the ball so hard that they end up getting a new ball,” Russell said.
“I learned a lot from Chris Gayle” – Andre Russell
The West Indian stated that his national teammate, Chris Gayle, was quite helpful with his advice. The Universe Boss tends to hit the biggest sixes with the utmost ease, and if anybody can give advice on how to clear the boundary, it’s him.
“I learned a lot from Chris Gayle. He said that I am afraid of getting out on the boundary, so I rather hit the ball over the boundary, like far back, make sure it’s a six,” Russell added.
On Monday, Andre Russell will be fit and available for KKR’s Eliminator match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Sharjah.