Russell innings some of the best ball striking I have seen: KKR coach Kallis

Andre Russell's 19-ball 49 enabled KKR to chase down 53 runs in the last three overs in the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Andre Russell

Andre Russell plays a big shot during his knock against SRH.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Jacques Kallis said that the innings Andre Russell played to fetch his team a dramatic win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Sunday at Eden Gardens was one of the most powerful batting displays he has ever seen.

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“When it comes to finishing, he (Russell) is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen,” Kallis said on Monday. “It was a good knock and he timed it well. There were issues as the light was not incredible and he got it (done) despite that. It was some of the best ball striking I have seen in a long time,” he added, revealing his awe at the intensity of stroke-making that Russell produced in his 19-ball 49. 

The West Indian smashed 38 runs off 10 balls that he faced off Sunrisers’ pacers Siddarth Kaul and captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the overs 18 and 19th

The KKR coach said his side was forced to push Nitish Rana to open the innings owing to an injury Sunil Narine suffered while bowling. Kallis added that his team will keep making alterations through the season. “Narine hurt his finger in the field. Plus, there are a few tactical things which we will keep changing throughout the season so that we do not become predictable,” Kallis said.

He added that Narine’s injury is a soft one and the player is expected to be fit for the team’s next game.