Andre Russell always delivers what KKR requires from him: Venky Iyer

Kolkata Knight Riders batter Venkatesh Iyer has claimed that Andre Russell always delivers for the team whenever they require something from him after their win over Royal Challengers Bengaluru on March 29. Russell bowled a fantastic spell for KKR in the match, and picked up the big wickets of Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar and also came in to bowl at the death at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Russell ended with figures of 2 for 29 from his 4 overs as it helped KKR to win the match comfortably by 7 wickets to make it two wins from two matches. Speaking at the press conference after the game, Iyer said that had Russell batted on Friday, he would have scored some runs as well.

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Iyer pointed out that Shreyas turned to the West Indian all-rounder after seeing the pitch condition and Russell delivered.

“Absolutely. As you could see on the field, he bowled his four overs and then fielded in a crucial position as well. He was running from long on throughout the game. I am sure had he got a hit out there, would have scored runs as well.”

“That speaks volumes of the guy’s fitness and longevity in his career. He has always been fit, just that most of our bowlers get the job done most of the time, but today, when Shreyas saw that the bowl wasn’t spinning much, he turned to Dre to bowl his full quota, and he delivered.”

“And that’s why he is one of the finest T20 players. He always delivers when the team requires anything from him.”

How well has Russell performed in IPL 2024 so far?

After a lacklustre 2023 campaign, Russell and KKR have hit the ground running with two wins on the trot. The all-rounder was the Player Of The Match in their thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their season opener, where he scored 64 off 25 balls and picked up two wickets.

The bowling performance against RCB puts him in third for the Purple Cap at the moment. KKR will now travel to Vizag to face Delhi Capitals in their next game on April 3.

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Mar 30, 2024

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