Andre Russell a phenomenal ball striker: Phil Salt | Cricket News

Mar25,2024



Kolkata: andre russell Kolkata Knight Riders repaid the faith they had shown in him over the years. Eden Gardens on Saturday. The Knights were looking bad after losing four wickets in eight overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but Russell's power hitting took them to 208 for seven.
opener Phil Saltwho played with Russell In The Hundred at Manchester Originals, it was exciting to see the West Indian hitting seven sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 64 off 25 balls.
“He's an amazing ball striker. He was the best player in the world in his time,” Salt said after their four-run win. “So, to see him do what he did is obviously incredible. It's nice to see it, but, you know, it's no surprise to me. I don't think it's a surprise to anyone on the field.” Amazing. When he's on the field, he's unbelievable.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad might have been hoping for their chance until Russell came forward with his sledgehammer. “You feel like you have some control, but because of the power and the skill, he (Russell) takes the game away,”
SRH coach Daniel Vettori said. “Especially on this ground (Eden) and how good the surface is, it is very difficult to challenge Russell. Obviously, you get some chances when the balls go in the air, but his power is second to none.”
Ramandeep, Harshit made impact: SRH coach felt it was young Ramandeep Singh Which brought a huge change. The 26-year-old scored a crucial 35 runs off 17 balls but more importantly, he scored 54 runs with salt to help KKR's innings. “Ramandeep's innings set the stage for Russell,” Vettori said.
“I don't think we underestimated him (Ramandeep), but the shots he played were brilliant and they put the pressure back on us,” the former New Zealand spinner said. “With Salt well set up at the other end, he was allowed to play his game, and there was no pressure on him to take too many risks.” Wicketkeeper-batsman Salt also acknowledged Ramandeep's role. “He took the pressure off me. He came and did a great cameo and we started building partnerships,” the opening batsman said.
“You know, when wickets are falling, it's all about building partnerships. And for him to come on debut (for KKR) and do that is impressive,” the Englishman said.
However, the match could have gone either way as Heinrich Klaasen counter-attacked with a half-century. But fast bowler Harshit Rana performed well by taking two wickets while defending 12 runs in the last over. captain Shreyas Iyer Admitted to having cold feet in the last over.
“I had butterflies in my stomach right from the 17th over,” Shreyas said after the game. He said, “To be honest, in the last over I felt that anything could happen. We probably did not have the most experienced bowler bowling at that time. But I had confidence in him.” “This is the time where he can be a hero… I looked him in the eyes and told him, 'This is your moment, buddy. You need to make the best of it and don't think too much about it.' The captain said.
Rana fined 60% of match fee: KKR fast bowler Harshit Rana has been fined 60 percent of his match fee for violating the IPL code of conduct during his team's win against Sunrisers Hyderabad.



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