Like most of the teams’ members, Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounder Andre Russell remains excited ahead of IPL 2021. Andre Russell arrived in India with fellow teammate Sunil Narine a few days ago to participate in the marquee T20 league. Russell, who did not have a productive IPL 2020, promised to try to produce something special for their fans.
Andre Russell won the Most Valuable Player of the tournament on two occasions, doing so in 2015 and 2019 for his outstanding efforts with both bat and ball. The Jamaican all-rounder managed 326 runs in 13 matches in 2015, maintaining a strike rate of 192.90 alongside 14 wickets at 23.14. Four years later, he mustered 510 runs in 14 fixtures at 56.67, keeping a jaw-dropping strike rate of 204.82 and took 11 scalps.
But the 13th edition of IPL in the UAE proved to be a forgettable one for the 32-year old. In ten games, Russell conjured only 117 runs at 13 and managed only six wickets. Due to the West Indian all-rounder’s lack of runs, the Knight Riders suffered a meltdown on several occasions and, as a result, missed out on the playoffs spot. But due to his past exploits, the franchise showed faith and retained him.
We’re going to try our best: Andre Russell
Andre Russell observed that the body feels lazy after serving seven days of quarantine; however, having resumed training in the fresh air in the stadium, he felt good. The 32-year old believes that the upcoming edition would be a good one and they’re going to try their best.
“The body feels a bit lazy, but that’s what happens when you’re in a room for 7 days and you can’t really do much. It feels good to be back in some fresh air now in an open stadium. Can’t wait for IPL 2021. I have a good feeling about this year, so take note fans – you know we’re going to do something special for you guys. We’re going to try our best. Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re!,” Russell said in a video posted by Kolkata Knight Riders.