IPL 2021: I can put my body on the line because I’m in better shape, says Russell
All-around Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player Andre Russell said on Sunday that he is now in great shape and can now put his body on the line for his 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. Russell has been injury-prone for the past two seasons, and his fitness has been a source of concern for the Eoin Morgan-led franchise.
“I’m in better shape compared to last year, so I’m hoping for a better performance than last year. I can put my body on the line because I’m a lot fitter. Morgan is relaxed and he us gives all the freedom, only kicks in if it doesn’t work. If we get the upper hand on a team, we have to go for the kill, “Russell told host Star Sports before the game started against the SunRisers Hyderabad. “We missed a few points last year, and we just lost the big moments and failed slightly. We need to minimize our mistakes and do well. The good thing is that we are back in India. UAE was lovely, but when you talk about IPL you mean India. I’m used to these conditions and can’t wait to play here, ”he added.
SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner won the draw on Sunday and chose to play first against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the third match of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season here at MA Stadium Chidambaram from Chennai. Harbhajan Singh makes his debut for KKR in the game against SRH. Skipper Morgan had given the Turbanator a cap before the draw.
At the time of the toss, Warner said: “We are playing bowling first. This wicket will play a little differently, it is much drier. There was not much dew in the last practice session. , and so it won’t make much of a difference. We know what we can hunt, to be honest. “SunRisers Hyderabad playing XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan.
Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Harbhajan Singh, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy. (ANI)
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