Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played wonderful cricket in their recent Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) second leg match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but still lost the match by 2 wickets. However, they might have more problems after all-rounder Andre Russell hobbled off the field and didn’t come back to bowl the 19th over of the match.
KKR mentor David Hussey, in an after-match virtual press conference, gave an update about the injury sustained by the big Bajan all-rounder who is one of the most important members of the purple and gold franchise. However, Russell, despite being one of the best all-rounders in the world today, has struggled with his fitness in the past two years in the IPL.
He struggled with a knee problem in the IPL 2020 and didn’t play many matches, leading to his team, the Kolkata Knight Riders to fail in their quest to qualify for the playoffs despite replacing Dinesh Karthik as the captain and appointing England’s Eoin Morgan instead. This time as well, KKR had a kind of renaissance in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021, after a poor performance early in the tournament in India.
Andre Russell Said That He Felt Something Pop In His Hamstring: David Hussey
Andre Russell had been one of the reasons why KKR managed to win both their matches in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 including a 3/9 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi. Against the MS Dhoni-led side, Russell made a quick 20 runs and picked one wicket in his 3 overs.
He was supposed to bowl the 19th over as CSK needed 26 runs in 12 balls to win the match. But Russell had hobbled off the field citing injury concerns and the over was bowled by Prasidh Krishna who gave away 22 runs as Ravindra Jadeja hit him for 2 sixes and 2 fours. Sunil Narine picked two wickets in the last over while defending 4 runs and almost pulled off the impossible, but CSK escaped with a 2-wicket win.
Speaking to the press in the post-match conference, KKR mentor David Hussey shed light on Andre Russell’s injury.
Talking about the extent of Russell’s injury, Hussey said, “It is still too early to tell. Russell said that he felt something pop in his hamstring so we have got the best medical staff in the business, they will look after him. Hopefully, nothing too serious with him because he is a key player for us. Hopefully, he comes back and lights up the tournament.”
KKR will next play Delhi Capitals in Sharjah on September 28 in a day encounter.