IPL 2021: Russell reacts to Shah Rukh Khan’s tweet on KKR’s defeat
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell showcased his mettle with the ball during the match against Mumbai Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Caribbean was the pick of the bowlers as he took 5 wickets where he bowled just 2 overs in the game.
Russell conceded 15 runs in his bowling spell. KKR bowlers did the right thing to restrict MI to a modest total of 152. However, KKR choked in the run-chase when they had wickets and overs in hand.
Andre Russell who bowled really well failed to deliver the goods with the bat as he struggled to add runs in the fag end of the overs. Russell and Dinesh Karthik suffered the wrath of the netizens as they couldn’t finish the game properly.
KKR ended up scoring 142 and lost the game by 10 runs. Following the defeat, Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter and posted a tweet. KKR’s co-owner wrote: “Disappointing performance to say the least. Apologies to all the fans!”
Andre Russell, at the post-match press conference, reacted to SRK’s tweet by saying: “Yeah, I support that Tweet but at the end of the day the game of cricket… you are not sure until it’s over. I think we are still confident, we still played some good cricket and I am proud of the boys. You know, we are definitely disappointed but it’s not the end of the world, it’s only the second game and we are going to learn from it.”
He then said, “It was a bit difficult to hit at the end. The guys were bowling cutters, and they were bowling into the wicket. But at the end of the day, we are professionals. Not going to look for any excuses. We should have crossed the line tonight.”
“We know what we can do, and I know what I can do. Unfortunately good finishers like me and DK, we didn’t get bat to ball. If we had got a few boundaries, the game would have been over. We are going to go back to the drawing board. We have been playing some good cricket. It is just about moving from this game and going from strength to strength,” he added.
Talking about the luck factor, Russell added: “It’s part of the game. Sometimes luck goes your way. Sometimes it doesn’t. At that time, I was looking to rotate the strike, not allow too many dot balls. Once we would have ticked over, we knew we would have been good. I didn’t get any runs, and that’s what built a bit of pressure on me.”
Russell registered his best bowling figures in his IPL career. Talking about it, the all-rounder said: “I have been working very hard behind the scenes, taking the responsibility. There’s a possibility of going for runs (in the death over), but there’s always a chance to take wickets.
I always keep stretching in the field and jogging around, you got to be ready in the 18th over. Bowling against Hardik and Pollard is always a difficult thing, happy we could restrict them. It’s always good to get Polly (Pollard) out early, we all know what he can do.”