IPL 2019: 5 Likely Bowlers Who Can Stop the Andre Russell Onslaught
The 12th edition of IPL is under full swing and we have already witnessed some exceptional cricket matches in the first couple of weeks of the tournament. There is certainly no doubt about the fact that nothing has been more special than the effortless power hitting of Andre Russell. The big man from Jamaica has been in prolific form in the tournament and has helped KKR win at least two matches from the jaws of defeat.
In the last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Andre Russell scored an unbeaten 13 balls 48 which was studded with 7 sixes and a four. KKR needed to score 53 runs of 16 balls and his knock actually ensured KKR win with 5 deliveries to spare.
It will be important for the opposition bowlers to have a certain plan for Andre Russell. With Russell proving an unstoppable force for KKR, let us have a look at 5 such bowlers who could contain or stop the assault of Andre Russell
The Indian speedster has been in exceptional form in all formats of the game in the recent past. He has forced his way into the Indian limited overs team and has already cemented his place for the 2019 World Cup. He did dismiss Andre Russell with arguably the greatest ball of the tournament. However, it was due to a fielding error that Russell got saved and it was given a no ball.
Thereafter the big Jamaican smashed Shami for sixes after sixes. However, the fast bowler was not happy and lost his temperament to concede those runs. With that particular delivery, Shami proved that he has the ability to stop Andre Russell.
The Sri Lankan speedster will miss a few matches for the Mumbai Indians. He is expected to return in a week’s time and will play a vital role for Mumbai during the business end of the tournament. Given his experience and the ability to bowl exceptional slower balls and Yorkers, Malinga has a great chance of stopping Andre Russell’s assault.
His pace variations will be of immense importance and Russell might go onto mistime one of his big shots. Malinga’s uncanny action might also make it a difficult prospect for Russell. However, the way he is hitting at the moment, nothing seems impossible for the huge Caribbean.
He is arguably the greatest fast bowler in the world at the moment across formats. In a short span of time, Jasprit Bumrah has evolved himself as a spearhead of all the bowling attacks he is part of. He has exceptional control in his Yorkers and slower deliveries and has the ability to do it on a consistent basis.
Coming from around the wicket might be a viable option for Bumrah as it might block the angle which Russell targets. His slower deliveries also have some bite from the surface and can make a difference. Given Russell’s run of form, he will back himself to come good against Bumrah.
The South African veteran tweaker is a bag full of tricks. Even at the age of 40, he has consistently troubled top class batters. He has the ability to turn the ball square on rank turners and keep the ball in the perfect areas when the pitch isn’t suited for the spinners.
Given his variety and courage to flight the ball up, Andre Russell might end up miscuing one up in the air. Tahir will look to entice Russell into a false shot. On the other hand like all other bowlers, Russell will like to believe that he can take on any bowler in the world.
The Afghan leg-spinner is the No 1 bowler in the T20I format. He is an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad due to his outstanding all-round abilities. It was Rashid Khan who dismissed Andre Russell in the Qualifiers last year and this could well turn out to be the same this time around.
He turns the ball at a pace which makes it that more difficult for the opposition batters to go after him. Russell might go onto connecting a few but given the quality of Rashid Khan, he might well have the last laugh.
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