“The team will definitely see some fireworks from Dre Russ”- Andre Russell

West Indian big all-rounder Andre Russell thinks that batting is the main strength of West Indies team and that’s the section which they will implement on to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

West Indies v New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
Andre Russell of West Indies batting during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match against New Zealand

He also insisted that they will have to score close to 400 runs in every game to win the match with the bat. “The strength is in our batting. You have Chris Gayle at the top, with Evin Lewis, then [Darren] Bravo and [Shimron] Hetmyer, Shai Hope, myself, Jason [Holder], Carlos [Brathwaite]. You have [Nicholas] Pooran also. All these folks leaving the IPL with form. We as a whole recognize what they can do. We need to win this World Cup with the bat, on the grounds that most teams are getting more than 300 runs easily now. We can’t look to say we going to defend. We need to attempt and win this competition with the bat, which means scoring near 400 runs each game.

“Players are going to feel the pressure. They’re going to commit errors. Regardless of whether we bowl terrible, we may at present get wickets. You’re chasing 12-13 an over. For a batsman to go in and see they need 13-14 runs an over and to score that reliably for 10-15 overs [is tough]. That is the reason we need to ensure we increase present expectations with the bat in this World Cup.”

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Russell had been in super form recently as he scored 54 runs off just 25 balls in the World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand just a few days ago. He was also in sublime form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. He was the fifth highest run-scorer of the tournament with 510 runs in 14 matches at a huge strike rate of 204.81 averaging 56.66 and also took 11 wickets. Above all, he was named the Player of the Tournament in this year’s IPL. But there’s much discussion about his batting order in the IPL for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.

Asking about his comfortable batting order, the 31-year all-rounder said: “I’m generally a flexible guy. Initially [I’m] expected to bat at six. If West Indies are batting and we have great momentum, 30 overs bowled, just lost two wickets, at that point with just [about] 15 overs to go and we are 240-250, we’re having a decent day, I’ll come in at five. These are changes that I don’t have an issue with. For whatever length of time that I get more than ten overs to bat, the team will definitely see some fireworks from Dre Russ.”

West Indies will open up their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and the most interesting news is this is one of the best batting paradise ground in England in recent years. So cricket fans will be hoping for another “Dre Russ” show surely.

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