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IPL 2020: ‘I wouldn’t want to bowl to Andre Russell even in nets’ – cricket

In April, during an Instagram live chat, all-rounder Siddhesh Lad had said that he would rather bat against Jasprit Bumrah than bowl to Andre Russell. Now, Lad, a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders this year, is aware that at some point he will have to bowl against the big-hitting West Indies batsman, albeit in the nets, but the 28-year-old reckons that if given an opportunity, he would rather find a way out of it.

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“I will have to bowl to him in the nets at some stage now obviously,” Lad told kkr.in. “I have already faced Bumrah in the nets and in domestic matches. So, I somewhat know what to expect. With Russell, I have seen how destructive he can get. I have never bowled to him. So, I think it is the uncertainty of the whole thing that made me say that I don’t want to bowl to Andre Russell.”

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Russell had a brilliant season with KKR in 2019, winning matches out of extraordinarily tough situations for the team. He scored 510 runs at an average of 56.66 with a strike-rate of 204.81, which included four half-centuries. KKR’s think tank headed by coach Brendon McCullum and mentor David Hussey are pondering over the idea of promoting Russell up the order to make maximum use of the all-rounder’s big-hitting prowess. In fact, Hussey feels that with adequate balls at his disposal, Russell can well go on to score a double hundred in T20 cricket which nobody has ever achieved.

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“If it benefits the team and helps us win games of cricket, why not? If that means Andre Russell comes in at three and bats 60 balls, he might actually make a double hundred. Anything can happen with Dre Russ,” Hussey said in a news conference.

“A fantastic player, he is probably almost the heartbeat of the team as well. We’ve actually got really a well-balanced team… Anyone can bat in any different position. But if it benefits the team, why not, why can’t he bat up the list.”

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