Wednesday, October 27, 2021

IPL 2021: Andre Russell likely to be available for playoffs, says Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey


Kolkata Knight Riders have played without their star all-rounder Andre Russell in the last few matches. There has been an update regarding his injury before the playoffs. KKR chief advisor David Hussey said the team’s injured all-rounder Andre Russell is likely to be fit for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs. KKR almost ensured their place in the playoffs after registering a massive 86-run win against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. He will face the third-place team in the Eliminator on Monday.

Hussey said in a post-match press conference, “He (Russell) had a fitness test on Wednesday and I think he will be back soon.” He is working hard to play in the playoffs. His playing is important not only for us but also for the tournament. He is a world class player and entertains the audience immensely. Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have cemented their place in the playoffs while KKR have consolidated their position at the fourth position. He finished his campaign in the league stage with 14 points from 14 matches and his run rate is better than other teams.

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Hussey admitted that after struggling in the Indian leg, KKR’s fortunes changed in the UAE leg. He said, ‘At the beginning of the tournament, we were not able to play the kind of cricket we wanted to play. So it was good for us to get some time in between. With this, we were able to devise a new strategy. He credited head coach Brendon McCullum for KKR’s success. “He (McCullum) works calmly and has a plan to take the team forward. He believes that every player should do his best. He makes everyone feel that he is the most important person in the team.

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At the same time, after the defeat, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson said that none of their batsmen could support Rahul Tewatia, who held one end. Samson said, ‘Sharjah is his (Tewatia) favorite ground. He likes to bat here. We could have a good partnership with him. We could have made the match close. He batted really well. He wanted someone to support him and play a partnership. We couldn’t do that and we had to lose the match.

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