KKR head coach Brendon McCullum has opined that all-rounder Andre Russell is best suited to bat in the last ten overs of a game in the T20 format. Andre Russell was the highest run-getter for KKR in the last IPL and had a stellar strike rate of 204.8. Moreover, he also had the highest number of wickets for KKR with 11 scalps to his name in IPL 2019.
Andre Russell has joined the KKR camp after returning from the CPL 2020. KKR are staying at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. They have completed the mandatory quarantine and have been training for the past two weeks.
We can enter Andre earlier up the order: Brendon McCullum
McCullum recounted Russell coming out of the blue to save KKR on many occasions in the past. He stated that Andre Russell’s game is more suited to the last ten overs of a game in the T20 format. However, he also added that Russell could bat at the top.
“Russell hit 54 [he hit 52] sixes last season. He came out of the telephone box on so many occasions. His game is definitely suited to probably the last ten overs of a T20 game where he can really control it.
“But there may be times where match-ups are right and we can enter Andre earlier up the order, but that will be a ‘horses for courses’ type of approach. The good thing is we’ve got a lot of resources to choose from,” Brendon McCullum said in a media interaction.
KKR to play MI in their opening match of IPL 2020
KKR will play their first game in the IPL 2020 against reigning champions MI on 23rd September. The Kolkata-based side will be led by Dinesh Karthik, who will be assisted by England skipper Eoin Morgan. The IPL 2020 started from September 19 and it will run till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in the UAE.
The venue this time is UAE, Dubai will play host to 24 games, 20 matches will be hosted by Abu Dhabi while Sharjah will hold 12 games in the league stage of this tournament.