Andre Russell

A Russell
Nationality
wif West Indies
Position
Batsman, Bowler
Nick name
Andre Russel
Batting style
Right Hand Bat
Bowling style
Right Arm Fast
Current Team
KKR, WI
Competitions
ICC World Twenty20, Indian Premier League 2016
Seasons
2016
Birthday
April 29, 1988
Age
30

The most exciting talent to emerge from the Caribbean in recent times, Andre Russell – a Jamaican all-rounder – was signed by the Delhi franchise at the IPL Player Auction 2012. Russell is a powerful striker of the ball and scored an unbeaten 92 in 2011 to rescue the West Indies from a delicate situation in an ODI against India. He operates as a change bowler, often sticking to a wicket-to-wicket line and using variations to outsmart batsmen. While he can be expensive at times, Russell generally picks up key wickets, is also a very athletic fielder and has a strong throwing arm. After representing DD in seven matches over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Russell was signed in by the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Player Auction 2014. He was thereafter retained by KKR and has established a reputation of being one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball. With his all-round capabilities and experience of playing across the globe, KKR have found a utility player in Russell.

By the time Andre Russell was little more than five years into international cricket, he was a two-time world champion. That both titles came in the T20 format defines the kind of cricketer he is. A batsman who hits the ball hard enough to make the inanimate thing scream for mercy, he functions primarily as a finisher. He generates even more pace with the ball in hand and when it is anywhere near him in the field, it doesn’t matter at what pace it’s travelling. Russell will probably get to it. He is less a cricketer, in the traditional sense, than an athlete. An allrounder from Jamaica, Russell made his first-class debut at the age of 19. He made his way into the West Indies A squad and captured plenty of attention with his exploits in a 50-over game against Ireland in June 2010, smashing 61 off 34 balls and taking 6 for 42. It was a performance that helped him win a place in West Indies’ 2011 World Cup squad. Things didn’t go to plan there, but his capabilities were on show against the newly-crowned champions India in June when he came out at No. 9, with the score at 96 for 7, and smashed 92 off 64 balls. Russell’s impact in international cricket was a bit sporadic until 2015, against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, when he provided a consolation victory for West Indies on a difficult tour by hitting 64 off 40 balls to chase down 263 with one wicket to spare. “My thing,” is how he described batting in the slog overs. “I think I really enjoy when there’s five overs or ten overs left.” Those skills were evident in domestic T20 cricket though. He had a fine season with Worcestershire at the Friends Life t20 in England in July 2013 and a ground-breaking Caribbean Premier League a month later when his team Jamaica Tallawahs became champions. Russell’s star shone brightest at the IPL 2015, when he was named Man of the Series, and the Big Bash League 2015-16 when he struck at 186.86 and picked up 16 wickets – joint-second best – from 10 matches. He won the CPL title with Tallawahs in 2013, the IPL title with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014, the Bangladesh Premier League title with Comilla Victorians, the BBL title with Sydney Thunder and the Pakistan Super League title with Islamabad United in 2016.

His flamboyant style is a part of his personality as well, which became apparent as he unveiled a hairstyle similar to Mr T at the 2015 World Cup. A year later, with his mohawk dyed blonde, Russell applied the final touches to a mauling of hosts India in the World T20 semi-final as West Indies became the first team to win the trophy twice.

ICC World Twenty20

SeasonTeamRB4s6sOMRW
2016WI221211240471

Indian Premier League 2016

SeasonTeamRB4s6sOMRW
2016KKR00000000

Career Total

SeasonRB4s6sOMRW
2016221211240471