Gambhir explains reason behind Russell’s bizarre dismissal
Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir has explained all-rounder Andre Russell’s horrendous wicket after KKR’s loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 18 runs on Wednesday in Mumbai.
KKR were at stake losing 5 wickets inside the powerplay in the chase of 221 runs. But Russell was in form as he slammed a 21-ball half-century. But during the 12th over of the match, he didn’t able to read the delivery of Sam Curran and left it but it rattled his leg-stump which left Ruseell in a shock. After the match, Gambhir explained the reason behind this.
“For me I think it was a bluff. I thought it was great thinking because the entire field was set as if he was going to bowl wide outside off stump. And Russell probably was preparing for that because Shardul Thakur kept bowling outside off and that too those full-length balls. So he just probably attacked the leg stump and that’s where it looked weird. He ended up leaving that because he was not even prepared for it,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo.
However, Gambhir also said that the West Indies all-rounder must regretting about his wicket because he missed a golden opportunity to score a hundred and won the match for his team.
“He had already smashed them for 24 in the first over, so I’m sure on his way back to the dressing room, he must be thinking that he lost a golden opportunity to score his hundred and also to finish off his game on his own, by the 16th, 17th overs,” Gambhir added.
“You don’t get such opportunities often because you don’t really play much at the Wankhede. He was smashing it. I’m sure he must be regretting it. Had he just defended that ball, KKR would have probably won that game.”
KKR have lost three matches on the trot winning just first match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). They will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 24 in Mumbai.