IPL 2020: As soon as my blood’s getting hot, I’m getting out, says Russell

Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell played an important innings of 25-run off just 11 balls in KKR’s do or die match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) yesterday (November 1) in Dubai. Later, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the match by a big margin of 60 runs.

IPL 2020: As soon as my blood’s getting hot, I’m getting out, says Russell

After the match, Russell expressed his feelings about the innings. “As soon as I sweat and my blood’s getting hot, I’m getting out,” he said.

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The 32-year old Russell played yesterday after sitting on sideline for four matches. He picked-up hamstring injury while fielding against Kings Xi Punjab on October 18. After that, the initial scan showed that he would need much time to return in the field again.

However, with the help of KKR physio and doctors, he had recovered from the injury at the perfect time and returned to the squad in a crucial match.

“It’s a good feeling to be back on the field. It’s been a tough two weeks doing rehab three times a day was a bit painful. But, I’m happy that I’m back,” Russell revealed.

“It’s a grade two hamstring tear which usually takes 8 weeks to heal. The scan was very ugly. With KKR physio and doctors around me, it helped. I was bowling a few walk upon balls before the game tonight, and it felt good.”

Russell also revealed that he’s not in hurry to bowl again as he didn’t want to risk his hamstring again. He wanted to take time. “When it (hamstring) is feeling good, that’s when it’s healing, and I don’t want to disturb the healing process. We have a good bowling (attack), so I can chip in with the yorkers at the backend, but for now I’m going to take one game at a time,” Russell said.

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