Russell doesn’t want to be underestimated as a medium pacer
Windies fast bowling all-rounder feels that he is been underestimated as a medium pacer in the game circumstances.
Windies were off to a flying start in their campaign opener of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by beating Pakistan by seven wickets. Andre Russell was also a star from the match, picking up two wickets by conceding just four runs.
At the end of the match, the seam bowling all-rounder addressed the media that he doesn’t want to be termed as a medium fast bowler since he is bowling even at 90 miles per hour too.
“A lot of people have been saying I’m in the team as a big-hitting batter. But they don’t remember I’m a fast bowler. I think they underestimate me.”
“I’ve been jealous in the past couple of years because people have me down as a medium-pacer. When I see ‘Andre Russell’ come up on the big screen and I see ‘medium-pacer’, I’m like, ‘who are they talking to?’ Actually, I’m annoyed. [The person] who’s responsible for that stuff should change medium-pacer to fast.”
“At the end of the day, I’ve showed them I can bowl 90 miles per hour. I think they should put some respect by my name. Today, when you turn up and see a pitch like that, it gives you a vibe to bowl fast, an energy to bowl fast.”
Further the Caribbean all-rounder was seen having some niggles in his knee when he was fielding in the middle and left the field to take some treatment. That has raised questions on his availability to the next game.
“I’ve been struggling with my knee for the last couple of months,” Russell said. “When they were nine wickets down, I just ran off to get a bit of treatment.
“I’m not worried. I’ve got five days until our next game against Australia, so I’m definitely going to do some work on it. I’ll be fully fit by then.”