IPL 2020: What is it like to bowl to Andre Russell? Dinesh Karthik explains
Andre Russell is one of the prolific hitters in world cricket, especially in the Indian Premier League. He was one of the most sought players across fantasy leagues last season. Although there were reports of a rift between him and Dinesh Karthik, nothing concrete has emerged.
When it comes to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) currently, the one name that would strike first on everyone's mind is the flamboyant pinch-hitter from Jamaica, Andre Russell. He made a name for himself playing for the side, especially last season.
While there were reports last season of a rift between him and KKR skipper, Dinesh Karthik, nothing seems to justify it as of now. Meanwhile, Russell is looking forward to being in his best form in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Russell, known for hitting big, is a tough batsman to bowl to. On the same note, Karthik's Tamil Nadu teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin, who currently plays for Delhi Capitals, asked the KKR skipper on how do KKR bowlers bowl at him in the nets. The skipper gave a witty reply.
“First pray to God. Give him an offering. Pray that he’s in a bad mood, and then go for IPL. Then the day, the wicket, the conditions (matter)," said Karthik on Ashwin's YouTube show, Hello Dubaiahh.
“Just watching him (Russell) walk-in is scary. He comes in like a wrestler. What a build-up he gives while doing that. He’s a brilliant character. With his muscles and all, he looks like an MMA fighter,” Karthik further asserted.
Nonetheless, Karthik did mention what is it that Russell is scared of, other than a cricket ball, which happens to be weird again. “But, he’s scared of everything. He’s scared of driving cars, or even when the bus swerves, he gets scared. He said, 'he’ll never be on a rollercoaster.' Never judge a book by its cover. The only thing he’s not scared of is the ball," he warned.
KKR are all set to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their second match of the tournament this season. As for their first match, it was against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), which they lost by 49 runs.