IPL 2019: KKR are ‘wasting’ Andre Russell at No. 7, says former Australia opener
Kolkata Knight Riders’ strategy of sending Andre Russell down the order is a complete waste, feels former Australia batsman Mark Waugh. Waugh’s comments came after KKR decided to send Russell at No. 7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Sunrisers in the end, thrashed KKR by 9 wickets to hand them their fifth consecutive loss in IPL 2019.
Batting first, KKR could only manage 159 for 8, despite getting off to a flier courtesy Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine and many including Waugh believe it was due to their inexplicable strategy of holding Russell back.
“Just watching IPL. Can’t understand why KKR have the master blaster Andre Russell batting at No. 7. What a waste,” tweeted Waugh.
Russell came in at the fall of fifth wicket in the 16th over and could only manage to score 15 runs before getting holed out to deep square-leg off Buvneshwar Kumar’s bowling in the penultimate over. Russell, however, did manage to hit Kumar for a couple of sixes before getting out.
Interestingly, Russell himself had expressed his desires of batting higher up the order after KKR narrowly missed out from chasing down RCB’s mammoth total of 213 couple of nights ago at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
“I believe that (I should have batted at No 4)... Honestly, I think sometimes you have to flexible as a team. Looking at the make-up of our team, I would not mind going to bat at No 4.
“I think me going to bat early would definitely be a good thing for KKR. But with our make-up of the team, that’s a good answer,” Russell, who has scripted some near-impossible wins for his team this season, said.
After getting off to a good start in IPL 2019, KKR’s campaign has nosedived after they lost all of their last five matches to slide to the sixth position in the points table.