New Delhi. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief advisor David Hussey said that the team’s injured all-rounder Andre Russell is likely to be fit till the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) playoffs. KKR almost assured 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, “Russell had a fitness test on Wednesday and I think he will return 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 spectators to the fullest.” 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.
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 could not play the kind of cricket we wanted to play. In such a situation, it was good for us to get some time in between. With this we were able to devise a fresh strategy. ” He credited head coach Brendon McCullum for this success of KKR. He said, “McCullum works calmly and he 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.
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson said that none of their batsmen could support Rahul Tewatia, who held one end. Samson said, “Sharjah is Tewatia’s favorite ground. He likes to bat here. We could have built a good partnership with him. We could have made the match closer. 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.