The coronavirus pandemic has halted all the sporting events around the world. India’s annual cricket carnival, Indian Premier League, has also been triggered by the pandemic. Players and fans are missing the entertaining league, which was scheduled to start from 29th March. But the cash-rich league has been postponed indefinitely. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player Andre Russell is also missing the love of fans which he gets during the league.
Andre Russell only wants to play for KKR:
Speaking to KKR’s official ‘Knights Unplugged’ online show, the 32-year old said that he only wants to play for KKR because of the fans who have always supported him irrespective of how he has played the game.
“Let me confess something, IPL is where I get the most goosebumps. I get that in CPL (Caribbean Premier League) as well but when it comes to playing in IPL, especially Eden Gardens, there is no comparison,” Russell said referring to his team’s home ground in Kolkata.
“…the welcome I get, that’s love. It puts pressure on me but it’s good pressure,” he added.
“I would love to be at KKR until that moment when I say that this will be my last IPL. I have been at KKR for six seasons and I enjoyed every bit of it,” he said.
“I know even if I fail two games straight, when I come out to bat for the third game, it is the same deafening reaction I will get from the crowd. It’s always a welcoming thing,” he said.
The allrounder, who started playing for KKR in 2014, entertains fans with his big sixes. His performance plays a crucial role in the franchise’s win. So far, he has played 57 IPL matches for KKR and scored 1,342 runs and picked up 54 wickets.