Andre Russell’s wife on KKR star’s masterclass vs MI: Knew you were going to do that

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Andre Russell’s 40-ball 80 helped KKR beat MI by 34 runs
  • Russell said he feels pressure as he tries to impress his wife every game
  • Russell came up with a candid chat with wife Jassym after KKR’s win on Sunday

Kolkata Knight Riders finished their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at home with a bang, thanks to Andre Russell’s fireworks against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Russell gifted himself yet another Man of the Match award, this time on his 31st birthday as the big-hitting KKR star smashed 80, including 8 sixes and 6 boundaries, in just 40 balls to help Kolkata post the highest total of IPL 2019 – 232.

Russell had a memorable outing as he took the Mumbai Indians bowlers to the cleaners, hitting sixes against the best in the business, including Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga. Watched on by his wife Jassym Russell from the Eden Gardens stands, Russell showcased why he is rated one of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball.

Russell took his sixes tally in IPL 2019 to 50 after the Sunday’s assault. More importantly, the quickfire 80 helped KKR snap a six-match losing streak and take their points tally to 10 points from 12 matches.

In a candid chat with his wife Jassym for IPLT20.com, Russell said he always feels pressure before he walks out to bat as his ultimate aim is to impress his wife with his six-hitting skills and also make sure the KKR fans return home happy.

“Special night for me as well. It’s my birthday. I always feel pressure because I want to make sure the fans are happy and I want to impress my beautiful wife every match,” Russell told his wife Jassym.

It felt good: Jassym on Russell’s match-winning knock

He added: “It’s an emotional feeling. It’s the last game of the season in Kolkata. We knew that we had to leave the fans who have been giving us great support over the last six days with a bang. We surely did, won by 34 runs.”

Even as Russell’s fireworks have become a constant in the IPL, Jassym said she was sure her husband would set the stage on fire as it was KKR’s last match at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019.

“It felt good. I knew you were going to do that because today is the last match in this ground [Eden Gardens]. I expected that from you. I really heart in my hands when you were hitting those big sixes,” Jassym said.

Despite some inconsistent performances from the rest of the KKR group, Andre Russell has been the batting superstar of IPL 2019. With 50 sixes and 486 runs at a staggering strike rate of 207.69, Russell is second on the list of batsmen with most runs this season.

KKR, who are at the fifth spot on the eight-team points table, will next face Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on May 3 before facing Mumbai Indians in the return leg on May 5 at the Wankhede Stadium.Also Read | Andre Russell 2nd player after Chris Gayle to hit 50 sixes in an IPL seasonAlso Read | Rohit Sharma fined for breach of conduct in MI’s defeat to KKR

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