Andre Russell blasts KKR for bad decisions, poor cricket

KOLKATA: Andre Russell speaks much like the way he hits the ball – straight and hard. The West Indies allrounder refused to hide behind excuses and accepted the fact that Kolkata Knight Riders have played badly to be in the position they find themselves in.

“We have kept losing and losing in simple ways,” he said on Saturday, the eve of KKR’s last home game against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens.

Russell blamed KKR’s bowling for much of their woes.

“We have been bowling wrong at the wrong time. We should have restricted teams to lesser totals in order to get those runs. But when you bowl badly and don’t take the catches, there’s little chance. We’ve been the worst fielding team so far,” he stated.

The all-rounder did not spare the team’s think-tank too. “We have a good team but we are making bad decisions. I think we will always lose games that way and that’s what we’ve been doing,” was how he explained the team’s poor show. “I could pinpoint a few games where we could have bowled tighter or introduced the right bowlers at the right time to restrict the opposition,” he said.

Russell is still hopeful and promised to give his best on Sunday, but he harbours no illusions about the task on hand in order to qualify for the playoffs. “I am told that once you win the next three games, things might go our way but we have to make sure to win first,” he said.

“We played Rajasthan Royals recently and got beaten by their batting unit which is not the strongest in the tournament.

“If we couldn’t restrict the rival team to under 170 runs with our bowling, we will need a miracle against a stronger team (read MI),” he remarked.

The Jamaican, who has scored 406 runs from 10 innings, stated he is a bit down to be in such a situation after his team’s good start to the season. “It is not the healthiest position to be in as a professional cricketer,” he said. “It’s hard to walk into the room after losing six games in a row. I am feeling down at the moment. I have been in my room for the last couple of days.

“As cricketers, we have to have a passion inside which is not to show on the television only. I am passionate inside. I get upset at a teammate for dropping a catch or for not taking half-chances,” he added.

However, his familiar swagger was back while talking about the Mumbai Indians’ strong bowling attack. “I have never feared any bowler. It’s the bowlers who fear me,” he thundered.

Source: Times of India


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