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I am in a good space so that I can express myself: Andre Russell

Windies big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell has been in a staggering form in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The KKR all-rounder has amassed a fabulous tally of 207 runs from four games at a phenomenal average of 103.50. In the last night’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he was again at his sensational best, smacking a terrific match-winning unbeaten innings of 48 runs off just 13 balls to help KKR register its third win in the T20 competition.

I just trust my power

At the back of Russell’s explosive onslaught, KKR managed to smash an astonishing total of 52 runs in the last two overs. For his brilliant performance, Russell was awarded the Man of the Match. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Russell revealed that he is currently in a very good frame of mind and he was just playing his natural game. He mentioned that when he is in this type of form, all the grounds appear to be very much smaller.

“The support is good from the boys and I am in a good space so that I can express myself. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my power. Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren’t easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can’t explain much, rather show that on the field,” said Andre Russell.

It doesn’t happen everyday

After the opening wicket, the duo comprising of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa resurrected the KKR innings out of the troublesome position with an excellent partnership of 65 runs. However, as soon as it looked like Lynn was coming back in his usual explosive touch, left-arm spinner Pawan Negi bowled a smashing opening spell to send both the set batsmen back to the pavilion off successive overs.

After those two wickets, it looked like the visitors will crumble down drastically in the mountainous run-chase. But then came a massive turning point in the match as Andre Russell took the centerstage. Within no time, Russell started exploding and ripping apart the RCB bowling line-up with some incredible striking.

“I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see how the pitch is behaving. I was watching in the dugout on TV and had a fair idea. When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it doesn’t happen everyday. Need to put your body on the line,” he added.