IPL is a tournament where the picture of the match changes every moment. There are many such batsmen and bowlers in the tournament who turn the match in one over. So it is a difficult challenge for any cricket lover to bet on a particular team during a match. In the eyes of former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar, Andre Russell, who played for the West Indies and Kolkata Knight Riders, is the biggest game-changer in the IPL. He praised Russell and said that he can be dangerous against any team.
Why is Russell Dangerous?
Writing a column in Starsports, Gavaskar wrote, “Kolkata Knight Riders has the biggest game-changer as Andre Russell.” Let me tell you that Russell has had a great performance in the IPL for the last few seasons. He scored 510 runs in 13 innings last year.
During this time, his strike rate was 204.81. Russell, who scored an average of 56.66, also took 11 wickets last season. How dangerous Russell is on the batting front can be gauged from the fact that he has the lowest strike rate of 164.91 in the last four years.
Will Russell Play At Number Three?
It is being said that KKR can send its biggest match finisher Andre Russell this time to bat at number three. Kolkata Knight Riders coach David Hussey is planning to send all-rounder Russell up the batting order. Hussey believes that if Russell plays 60 balls while batting at number 3, he can score a double century as well.
Cummins Can Also Be A Game Changer
In addition to Russell, Gavaskar has also called Pat Cummins of Australia a game-changer. Pat Cummins has been bought by KKR for 15.5 crores. Gavaskar writes: ‘Cummins’ balls will not be as effective on a slow wicket. They have to make some changes to his bowling. They can also do good batting. But due to such a huge price, everyone’s eyes will remain on them.