SPORT-IPL-RUSSELL 2 LAST

first_imgRussell said he did not mind batting in the death but Russell said he did not mind batting in the death but would like to get more overs in the middle. “At the end, I would really appreciate if I could get more time to bat. So be it, Im just happy to be a part of this team. Wherever the skipper needs me to go bat and bowl, I want to give 100 per cent. I cant complain.” “I dont have problem batting the last five overs. No 7 is good enough for a T20 game. Im a team man, I dont mind 160-170 with five overs to go. Even Im fine with 150 with five overs to go. That would give confidence to go from ball from one and try to get as much runs as possible for my team.” Russell further credited likes of head coach Jacques Kallis and bowling mentor Wasim Akram for his growth as a cricketer. “To be around with the likes of Jacques Kallis and Wasim Akram, teach me a few things about bowling. It helps me to hone my knowledge in terms of batting and bowling.” Russell has played for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash and Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League beside featuring for Jamaica Tallawahs back home in the Caribbean Premier League. “From playing in different parts of the world and in different tournaments. I try to learn as well. I look up to a lot more guys as key players. It gives me the confidence the way I perform at the moment. Im just happy to be a part of the IPL and doing well. Once people know I can hit sixes and take wickets bowling fast, I would bring smiles on fans face. I do my best for my team.” Asked about Sunil Narines omission as their ace spinner was replaced by Brad Hogg against KXIP, he said the Trinidadian is nursing a finger injury in his bowling hand. Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan came to see their match for the first time this season and Russell said the team co-owner had extended the team best wishes before the match. “He came to the team meeting, extended best wishes. Hes there to support us we win or lose. Its a good environment. Hes such a big motivator.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img

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