West Indies received a massive setback when all-rounder Andre Russell was ruled out from the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 from the midway of the tournament. However, Russell has admitted that he has no regrets with his decision of playing with injuries.
I have no regrets with my decision – Russell
Russell had been struggling with a left knee problem throughout the tournament and missed two of their six games. In the matches, he played he looked in severe pain and left the field many times. Andre Russell came into the World Cup with a lot of expectation after a superb outing in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, the injury had an effect on his performance and Russell as he could manage to pick only five wickets and score 36 runs.
The all-rounder revealed that he absolutely has no regret with his decision and was aware that things won’t be easy in England. Andre Russell has been struggling with this knee problem in the last few years, and it again came back to haunt him during the most important time of his career.
“There is no regret,” he told the Jamaican Observer of his decision to make himself available for the tournament. “I knew it was going to be tough for me. I knew it was going to be challenging because I knew I had this knee problem that has been worrying me for the last couple of years,” he added.
Furthermore, Andre Russell revealed that he was feeling the pain from the first game against Pakistan. But he tried to give it a push considering that it is the World Cup and fans and supporters had a lot of expectations from him.
“I made the sacrifice to fight and to push through the pain because I was feeling it in my knee from the first game against Pakistan, but this is the World Cup, and in my head, I knew people were expecting a lot from Andre Russell,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, West Indies’ chances of making to the top-four of the ICC World Cup 2019 is hanging by the wire. They face India next on June 27 (Thursday) in a must-win encounter at the Old Trafford in Manchester.