Gautam Gambhir, former India batsman weighed in on the dismissal of Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Andre Russell against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Andre Russell scored a quick-fire half-century off 21 balls, to lift KKR from the doldrums of 31/5 to 112 before he was bowled in a rather uncharacteristic manner.
Gautam Gambhir: Andre Russell Ended Up Leaving Sam Curran’s Ball Since He Wasn’t Prepared
To a ball down the leg side from CSK pacer Sam Curran, Andre Russell decided to leave it altogether, but the ball was just on target enough to rattle his leg stump. Gautam Gambhir reckons CSK deserves credit for planning Andre Russell’s dismissal well.
“For me I think it was a bluff. I thought it was great thinking because the entire field was set as if he was going to bowl wide outside off stump. And Russell probably was preparing for that because Shardul Thakur kept bowling outside off and that too those full-length balls.
“So, he just probably attacked the leg stump and that’s where it looked weird. He ended up leaving that because he was not even prepared for it,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo.
“The way he was hitting the ball, I’m sure, he knew deep inside that had he played for another four-five overs, he knew that an off-spinner would never come on to bowl till the time Russell was on the crease.”
Gautam Gambhir, a former KKR captain himself, who led the team to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, added that Andre Russell, after returning to the dugout, must be regretting his shot selection.
Gautam Gambhir: Andre Russell Lost A Golden Opportunity To Score 100 And Finish Game By The 16-17th Over
Gautam Gambhir feels that had the West Indies batsman carried on a little longer, he could have not only won the match for KKR single-handedly but perhaps scored a century to go with it.
“He had already smashed them for 24 in the first over, so I’m sure on his way back to the dressing room, he must be thinking that he lost a golden opportunity to score his hundred and also to finish off his game on his own, by the 16th, 17th overs,” Gautam Gambhir added.
“You don’t get such opportunities often because you don’t really play much at the Wankhede. He was smashing it. I’m sure he must be regretting it. Had he just defended that ball, KKR would have probably won that game.”
Deepak Chahar broke the back of KKR’s top-order with 4 wickets in his 4 over-spell. KKR was reeling at 31/5 but a late assault from Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, and Pat Cummins helped the 2-time champions get close to the total. Despite the scare, CSK went on to win their match by 18 runs and jump to the top of the table with 3 wins from 4 matches in IPL 2021.
Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik rescued the team and gave their fans slender hopes of a miraculous victory.
The partnership was worth 81 runs for the 6th wicket in just 6 overs before Andre Russell (22-ball 54) was bowled around his legs by Sam Curran in the 12th over.
Dinesh Karthik hit 40 from 24 but the former captain fell in the 15th over. Just when CSK was looking to wrap things up early, Pat Cummins came up with a brutal onslaught, taking the CSK pacers to the cleaners at the Wankhede. Cummins hit 6 sixes and 4 boundaries for his 34-ball 66 not out but he ran out of partners as KKR were bowled out for 202 in the 20th over.
Chennai Super Kings 220 for 3 (du Plessis 95, Gaikwad 64) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 202 (Cummins 66*, Russell 54, Chahar 4-29, Ngidi 3-28) by 18 runs.