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IPL 2020: Why are KKR playing Andre Russell? Fans furious after another flop performance from Windies star

SRH vs KKR: The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell has failed to live up to the expectations of cricket fanatics in the ongoing IPL 2020.

Andre Russell has failed to replicate his last year's form in IPL 2020. (Courtesy by BCCI)

Andre Russell has failed to replicate his last year’s form in IPL 2020. (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Russell had yet another abysmal outing with the bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • With just 92 runs from eight innings, Russell has failed to replicate his IPL 2019 form
  • Fans looked unimpressed by Andre Russell’s batting form

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was Kolkata Knight Rider’s go-to-man in the previous edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) where he scored 510 runs at a phenomenal strike-rate of 204.81.

Considering his IPL 2019 form, much was expected from Andre Russell this season but the veteran T20 player has failed to live up to the expectations of cricket fanatics in the ongoing IPL. He has scalped crucial wickets on occasions but has struggled with the bat.

With just 92 runs from eight innings, Russell has failed to replicate his IPL 2019 form. He averages 11.85 in the tournament and has crossed the 20-run mark just once. On Sunday, Russell had yet another abysmal outing with the bat during Match 36 of the IPL 2020 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi. Andre Russell holed out to Vijay Shankar in the deep in T Natarajan’s over and could only score 9 runs in 11 balls.

Kolkata Knight Riders managed to register a win in the Super Over thriller against Sunrisers Hyderabad but fans looked unimpressed by Andre Russell’s batting form and demanded the KKR management to drop the West Indies all-rounder. They also slammed Russell for almost ruining the match with his bat and ball both and lauded Lockie Ferguson for stealing the show.

Ferguson proved to be the “Knight in Shining Armour” with his storehouse of variation as he dismissed David Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over, leaving KKR with only a three run-target to chase. This was after David Warner’s unbeaten 47 and 18 runs off the final Andre Russell oversaw Sunrisers level the scores at 163 with KKR in the stipulated 20 overs. Ferguson was magnificent during the regulation 20 overs also as his 3/15 in 4 overs had SRH in all sorts of trouble.


This Post first appeared on “India Today”

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