I’m hungry to smash sixes in World Cup: Andre Russell
Andre Russell has been there for the Kolkata Knight Riders with high spree since the beginning of this year’s IPL. And now with the Indian Premier League journey has seen the dusk, Russell is ready to roar in the forthcoming ICC showpiece event.
The Windies hard hitter, on Saturday, said he is “hungry to smash sixes” in the upcoming World Cup, beginning from May 30 in UK.
“I’m so hungry to represent West Indies and to smash sixes. I want to do what I’ve been doing here and score hundreds,”
the KKR star player said to the media at the Eden Gardens.
Russell did not play any limited over matches for his country since the series against Bangladesh nearly a year ago where he featured just in a single match before pulling out due to a knee injury.
The 30-year old middle order, who scored 406 runs in 10 innings at a startling strike rate of 209.27 for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL, said he is not surprised to be selected in the 15-men squad despite being sidelined for long.
“I wasn’t surprised to be a part of the World Cup squad. I’ve been doing well. I’ve been back and forth with the selectors and coaches back home. I wasn’t really focusing on the World Cup. I was just focusing on KKR, making sure that I did my best here,” he said.
Cutting out the allegations of becoming more and more involved in franchise cricket rather than mainstream play, Andre Russell noted,
“They never know what it is to play with injuries and to play in situations where you’re not comfortable. And if you keep playing for your country and you’re not comfortable then the performances won’t show as it always show here in franchise cricket.”
“What’s been happening over the years is we have been playing all around the world in T20 leagues, we’ve been treated like royalties and, you know, we haven’t been treated like we are part of the Caribbean team,” he further added.