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Russell one of the most powerful hitters I have seen, says Kallis

October 12, 2019

first_imgKolkata: Iconic all-rounder and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis on Monday said that Andre Russell was one of the most powerful hitters he has seen. KKR rode on Russell’s whirlwind unbeaten 19-ball 49 to chase down a 182-run target to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Russell walked in to bat when KKR had just lost the set Nitish Rana (68) and still needed 68 off 27 balls. The big-hitting Caribbean all-rounder first hit Siddharth Kaul for 19 runs in the 18th over and smashed 21 more off death-over specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th to steer KKR home with two balls to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”In terms of finishing, he is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen,” Kallis told reporters at the Jadavpur University second campus ground. AKKR had an optional training session on Monday which was attended by those who did not feature in Sunday’s game. A”It was a good knock. He timed it well. And there were issues, the light wasn’t incredible. But it was some of the best ball striking I have seen in a long time,” said the former South Africa all-rounder. KKR will next take on Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, a team that boasts of Chris Gayle. Asked to compare Russell with Gayle, Kallis said: “He is certainly up there. It’s a very different role when you are batting down the order at No. 6, 7 or 8 as compared to to facing the new ball. So it’s difficult to compare new ball batters with old ball batsmen.” On Sunday, Sunil Narine picked up an injury on the field and could not open the batting, prompting Nitish Rana to come up the order.last_img

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