IPL 2019: Angry Russell hits out at KKR’s bad decisions
Andre Russell might have starred as an effective all-rounder in the ongoing IPL but his team hasn’t. KKR started off well but then all of a sudden, they lost six games in a row, in what turned out to be a frustrating IPL campaign for them. Russell complained about “bad decisions” taken by his team and which is why they failed to up the ante after four match wins.
Case in point, Russell has been the best player for KKR with three man-of-the-match performances from team’s four wins but his team didn’t live up to the expectations.
“We have a good team but if you make bad decisions then you will always lose games and that’s what we’ve been doing. If we had enough time, I could pinpoint a few games where if we just looked to bowl tighter in areas or bring in right bowlers at the right time, we could have won,” Russell said.
“As a professional cricketer, to be in this position is not the most healthiest position. In terms of the decision, we have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time, that’s what been causing for us to keep losing in simple ways,” Andre Russell said on the eve of the game against Mumbai Indians.
Russell amassed 406 runs from 10 innings at a staggering strike rate of 209.27 and was even cut above the rest in terms of converting the runs.
The Jamaican expressed his pain at KKR’s failure to defend 176 against Rajasthan Royals, which he felt they could have won the match.
“I’m disappointed that we get defeated by a team Rajasthan Royals with the weak batting order. If we can’t restrict a team for under 170 with our bowling attack then we will need miracles against a strong team like Mumbai.
“They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.
“But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don’t really take catches — we have been the worst fielding team so far.”
Russell also added that the team’s atmosphere is not healthy as he likes to keep himself restricted to his room.
“We have to make sure that we have a good practice session, do whatever it takes, put our body on the line and make sure that we take KKR over the line for next three games.
“I find myself just been in my room for the last couple of days losing games after games. I’m not the type of guy to do the walking around… It’s hard to do the walk around losing six games in a row,” said gutted Russell.
“It’s not healthy, to be honest. I’m feeling down at the moment but tomorrow when we cross the rope my energy level will be 150. As cricketers, we have to have the passion inside, and not just to show it on the TV.” Up against a side who boast of a strong pace attack comprising Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah,” Russell said he never feared any bowlers in his life.
“I have never feared any bowler. Never. Bowlers fear me, to be honest. I’m not bragging or anything. I can get out in one ball tomorrow or the first ball they bowl can go for six. I’m not afraid to get out. I’m not going to die. So, it’s not the life and death situation. It’s like you’re giving yourself a chance to score runs they are trying to get you out. Bumrah, Malinga are top bowlers. But they are human beings,” Russell echoed.
KKR face Mumbai Indians in their next game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 28 (Sunday). They don’t have the best of record against Mumbai Indians. The last time KKR won against Mumbai Indians was four years ago. Can Dinesh Karthik & Co come back stronger to stop Mumbai Indians? If not Mumbai Indians have a better chance to top the table.