Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey stated that all-rounder Andre Russell is pushing arduous to play within the eliminator match towards Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Russell, who is understood for his power-hitting expertise, has been sensible with the ball for the reason that IPL 2021 resumed as he bowled a wonderful spell of three/9 towards RCB the place he received the higher of AB de Villiers on the primary ball with a toe-crushing yorker.

I believe Andre Russell is simply possibly a recreation away: David Hussey

Russell sustained a hamstring damage throughout a match towards Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi the place he limped off the sector. Since then Russell is recovering from his damage and in line with Hussey, the all-rounder is pushing arduous to be match for the playoffs.

“He (Russell) had a fitness test on Wednesday, and I think he’s just maybe a game away. So, I think he’d be pushing hard over the next few days to get back in for the final (play-offs),” Hussey stated throughout a digital press convention on Thursday.

Andre Russell of KKR. Photo- Sportzpics for IPL

“(His availability) will be a huge boost not only for us but the competition. He’s world-class and he provides lots of entertainment,” he added. 

Andre Russell heals shortly: Eoin Morgan

KKR produced a scientific efficiency towards Rajasthan Royals on Thursday to script a commanding 86-run win in Sharjah and so they practically sealed a playoff berth with a web run price of +0.587.

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan stated that Russell will heal shortly and hoped for the West Indies all-rounder to get well shortly.

“We are taking it day by day. We know that he heals quickly. He has proved that last year. He had a two-and-a-half inch hamstring tear last year and came back in two weeks. He is working incredibly hard and hoping we get through as is everybody else,” Morgan stated.

Shakib has performed for KKR within the final two matches as their fourth abroad participant and has picked two wickets thus far and is but to bat for the crew. In case Russell recovers earlier than the eliminator match, the Bangladesh all-rounder might be the one to lose his spot within the crew.

Morgan stated it is going to be very tough for him and the crew administration to drop Shakib from their taking part in XI.

Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan
Kolkata Knight Riders participant Shakib Al Hasan exhibits his arms to Andre Russell throughout match 30 of the Vivo IPL ( Indian Premier League ) 2016 between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on the 2nd May 2016
Photo by Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

“Shakib Al Hasan coming in and performing the way he has made the job of replacing Russell a little bit easier. Very difficult to replace him because you miss out on a genuine batter and a genuine bowler. Shakib has been terrific and has contributed massively in the last two games,” Morgan stated. 

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians should play out of the field towards SRH to topple KKR within the prime 4.

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