Andre Russell, West Indies all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Hard-hitting Russell looking to replicate IPL heroics for Windies

No chase is ever out of reach with Andre Russell still at the crease. He specializes in lost causes, and opponents dare not feel assured of victory until he has safely returned to the pavilion.

Garfield Robinson, May 07, 2019 16:47:30 IST

He is being called Superman. The moniker is well earned too, as the things he has been doing are simply not normal.

File image of Andre Russell. Reuters

File image of Andre Russell. Reuters

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were 139/4 off 15.4 overs chasing 205 set by RCB when Russell strode to the middle. That means 66 was required off 26 balls, a state of affairs that was to deteriorate even further. But then Russell went into overdrive, smashing it to all parts. When the game ended he was 48, slammed off just 13 deliveries with one four and seven sixes. The nineteenth over read like this: 1, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6 and KKR won with five deliveries to spare.

Against Delhi Capitals (DC) he batted at seven, for some reason, and KKR were 61/5 when he came in during the 10th over. He then went on to smash 62 off 28 balls with four fours and six sixes before falling in the 18th over. KKR eventually made 185/7 off their 20 overs, a total they never looked like getting close to. And though the game was tied and DC won the game in the one-over eliminator, it was Russell who made such a thrilling outcome possible.

No chase is ever out of reach with Russell still at the crease. He specializes in lost causes, and opponents dare not feel assured of victory until he has been safely returned to the pavilion.

Injuries have often prevented him from bowling at his best, but he is capable of disturbing pace when operating at full tilt and has often been chosen to bowl at the death. He is also excellent in the field, capable of pulling off the unlikely stop or the miraculous catch.

His career has not been all plain sailing. His injuries have limited his appearances for the West Indies. The legendary Clive Lloyd, while chairman of selectors, was adamant that Russell could star for the West Indies in all three formats. The Jamaican all-rounder demurred, however, citing his bad knee as preventing him from lasting through an entire five-day Test.

That knee injury will likely force Russell to play mostly as a batsman during the World Cup. But when you look at what he’s doing with the bat, as pointed out by a Cricket West Indies (CWI) official during the announcement of the squad, he is still worth his place.

A whereabouts-clause violation saw him serving a one-year anti-doping ban which ended in January 2018. He returned probably even stronger than before and there appears to be no lingering problems from what must have been a challenging experience.

This will be Russell’s third World Cup. Seeing that he did little in the previous two he will want to leave his mark on this one. That should be straightforward enough given his current form. Unless, of course, Superman puts on his glasses and becomes Clark Kent again.

For all the latest news, opinions and analysis from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, click here

Updated Date: May 07, 2019 16:48:27 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
See Full Table





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254