It has been clearly evident that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have experienced an Andre Russell-dominated and dependent campaign in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In almost every next game, Russell has somehow managed to make a match out of nowhere and has also been successful most of the times. The rest of the KKR batters have played one or two standout performances, but they have not been able to strike some sort of consistency.
On the other hand, the 30-year-old hulk-like Jamaican has unfolded utter mayhem in the opposition dugout and has dragged his team out of a hopeless situation. In the ongoing season, the belligerent Windies all-rounder has smashed a staggering tally of 377 runs at a phenomenal average of 75.40 and is currently the highest run-getter for KKR. He has been smashing at a thunderous strike-rate of 220.46.
He alone has influenced most of the wins
The Knight Riders are scheduled to lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) later in the day at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Ahead of the game, SRH head coach Tom Moody revealed that Russell has dominated in most of victories picked up by the KKR team. Moody noted that the Caribbean all-rounder is very destructive player and reckoned it is all about holding the nerves while bowling against him.
“I think, he alone influenced most of the wins they had. Last night (against RCB) it was not quite enough to get over the line. He is such a destructive player that it is all about holding your nerves under enormous pressure and trusting your plans,” quoted Tom Moody during the pre-match press conference.
We have confidence in the depth of the squad
The Kane Williamson-led team is coming into this match after completing a clinical 6-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the previous match. After winning four and losing as many as well, SRH are placed at the fifth position on the points table. However, the concerns for the SRH team management seem to similar ones which have been haunting them thus far in the T20 competition. The lackluster form of the middle-order batters has been one of the biggest concerns and they are absolutely showing zero intent to improve their game in order to help the team’s fortunes.
“Every match is crucial for us. We have confidence in the depth of the squad and can fill those vacancies. Only the team’s balance and approach might differ but it doesn’t mean we are going to be a weaker side,” Moody concluded.