Kolkata Knight Riders is having a tough time in the ongoing IPL 2023 as they have won only 3 matches out of 8 played by them and one of their biggest concerns is the poor form of their star player Andre Russell.
The 35 years old West Indian all-rounder, who was a part of the 2012 and 2016 World Cup winning West Indies teams, is an integral part of KKR since 2014 and he also admits that KKR holds a special place in his life. Though the explosive batter may not have been able to perform in this season, he has played many match-winning knocks for his team and taken wickets at crucial junctures for KKR.
Since 2019, Andre Russell has been facing knee problems and recently during a chat, the West Indian cricketer stated that few years ago when he was having knee problem, KKR arranged for his medical treatment and sent him to get properly treated. He further says that to be honest, it is something which is very special to him because no other franchise or even his country spent so much or invested so much on him. Many feel that with this statement, he has taken a jibe at the West Indian Cricket Board as last year he had a dispute with the board because the then head coach Phil Simmons claimed that there was no information regarding Andre Russell’s availability for the national team.
He further says that he is very happy in KKR and he doesn’t see himself playing for any other franchise as he has been playing for KKR for 9 years and every year, he gets closer to the franchise and people over here. He adds that even when the IPL is not being played, he is still in touch with Mr. Venky (Mysore) and he respects him a lot.
Andre Russell took two wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore and helped his team in winning the match and fans and the team management are hoping to see him back in form with the bat as well.