Andre Russell credits team’s faith for his success

"I think being comfortable knowing that I would play the next game, gives me a big confidence in terms of going forward. It boosts me a lot more," Russell said.

Needing 11 runs to defend in the last over, Andre Russell claimed a wicket and ran out Axar Patel, to seal a close seven-run win.   -  K.R. Deepak

If he’s not scoring, he’s making the difference with his bowling and fielding and Kolkata Knight Riders star West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell says it’s the team’s calming reassurance that brings the best out of him. Needing 11 runs to defend in the last over, man of the match Russell (four for 20) claimed a wicket and ran out Axar Patel, who was looking to spoil KKR’s homecoming with a seven-ball 21 that included two sixes against the Jamaican, to seal a close seven-run win.

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“I think being comfortable knowing that I would play the next game, gives me a big confidence in terms of going forward. It boosts me a lot more,” Russell said after their win that dislodged Gujarat Lions atop the table on net run rate.

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Having scored a crucial 24-ball 39 in their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Russell was run out for 16 last night as KKR was restricted to a modest 164 for three after skipper Gautam Gambhir (54) and Robin Uthappa (70) put on their season’s highest 101-run opening partnership.

“If I was in a situation where I have to do well to play the next game, maybe I would worry about my game and would not perform the way I do. Knowing that I will play the next game, I’m confident. It does not matter if I make runs or take wickets, it gives me the confidence to go out there and do my thing. It’s reassuring to know that the coaching staff and the captain have the confidence in you.”

Less than a day after joining the team after a long flight, the West Indies World T20 winner had given it a winning start in the ongoing IPL when his three for 24 set up a nine-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils who were skittled out for 98.

“As a cricketer, I want to leave behind a legacy, set standards as high as possible. I love these challenges, enjoy bowling in the moments where I can win the game. If it goes the other way, I learn from it and take the positives. I enjoy workload and want to go from strength to strength. It’s what I really work hard for. I know my job is not easy, it’s very hard. Batting till the end and then bowling the first over, I don’t mind doing it.”

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