IPL 2020: Watching him stroll out to bat is horrifying, he’s like a wrestler: KKR captain Dinesh Karthik on big-hitter

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Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t get off the most effective of begins in IPL 2020. They have been outplayed by defending champions Mumbai Indians. But KKR is a facet one can by no means take evenly, just because they’ve one of the crucial damaging T20 batsmen of world cricket – Andre Russell.

Andre Russell’s heroics within the last two seasons of IPL – where he scored at a strike rate in extra of 180 in virtually each game, gave birth to a query in each opposition captain’s thoughts – How do you bowl to Andre Russell?

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Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did the neatest factor and requested the identical query to KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.

“How do you bowl to him? His miss-hit is a six with 8m clearance, decent hit 15m and a whack is out of the ground. As a captain how can an opposition bowler bowl to him?” requested Ashwin to Karthik in a YouTube appear referred to as ‘Hello Dubaiahh’ hosted by the previous.

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Karthik, who has been directing Russell from IPL 2018, gave a hilarious reply.

“First pray to God. Give him an offering. Pray that he’s in a bad mood, and then go for IPL. Then the day, the wicket, the conditions (matter),” Karthik mentioned.

Karthik added that the mere sight of Russell strolling into bat is ‘scary’ and he in contrast Russell’s mannerisms to that of a wrestler.

“Just watching him walk in is scary. He comes in like a wrestler. What a build up he gives while doing that. He’s a brilliant character. With his muscles and all, he looks like an MMA fighter,” Karthik added.


The KKR captain, nonetheless, revealed that the dynamic West Indian all-rounder is petrified of every thing else other than the cricket ball.

“But he’s scared of everything. He’s scared of driving cars, or even when the bus swerves, he gets scared. He said, he’ll never be on a rollercoaster.

“Never judge a book by its cover. The only thing he’s not scared of is the ball,” Karthik mentioned.

Russell was dismissed for 11 and picked up 1 wicket for 17 in KKR’s first match. He will look to take the centre stage when KKR tackle Sunrisers Hyderabad.

[Attribution HT]

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