Being called superhero makes me happy, says Avengers fan Russell

Russell played a key role in guiding Kolkata Knight Riders to a win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), smashing 80 off 40 deliveries.

Andre Russell: "If the fans say that I am a (superhero) I am happy."   -  k.r. deepak

Saying Andre Russell and Avengers in one breath may sound a little more than odd but being tagged a ‘superhero’, like the protagonists of the cult Hollywood franchise, makes the cricketer "happy".

Russell played a key role in guiding Kolkata Knight Riders to a win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Sunday, smashing 80 off 40 deliveries.

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“Yes, I am a fan of (Avengers), I am watching it for a while. If the fans say that I am a (superhero) I am happy,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Hand-eye co-ordination, good bat speed and balance is important. I generate a lot of power from the shoulders and core. Everything works together. You need to make sure your body is fit and strong in order to play those upward shots in those moments,” Russell said.

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The win snapped a six-match losing streak for the three-time former champion in the ongoing edition. “Hopefully the result in the next two games goes our way. One of my best T20 days, definitely. We needed to get 200-plus but getting 230 was just enough. If it was just over 200 we would have been on the losing end. We kept our heads calm under pressure and executed our plans well."

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