Andre Russell to miss remainder of Pakistan Super League
Russell was making a comeback to T20 leagues with the PSL and wasn't quite able to deliver at par with the expectations.
Published - Mar 7, 2018 12:58 pm | Updated - Mar 7, 2018 12:58 pm
Andre Russell is currently one of the world’s most destructive batsmen. However, the Jamaican has been in the middle of a rough patch lately. He is presently representing the Islamabad United franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 3. Amidst that, he pulled his hamstring owing to which he has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.
The injury sparked during United’s victorious campaign against the Karachi Kings on Sunday at the Sharjah Cricket Ground. Therefore he couldn’t bowl and wasn’t required to bat either. Russell has played four games thus far in the tournament and has been a vital cog in the setup. He has scored and has notched four wickets at an average of 22.25.
He also played a crucial role in his team’s victory against the Lahore Qalandars when he smashed a last-ball six to win the game for the United in the Super-Over. The services of the hulking Windies all-rounder would dearly be missed by the franchise as the tournament enters its business end.
A big blow to the Knight Riders
The news also comes as a major blow for the Kolkata Knight Riders who retained them ahead of the eleventh season of the Indian Premier League. Russell has been a fulcrum of their lineup, both will bat and the willow. He has taken the Knights to victories on several instances courtesy his ability to smash the leather, and generate prodigious pace and bounce from the wickets.
However, last year, he was handed a one-year ban when the all-rounder was banned for doping charges by an anti-doping panel in Kingston. However, his ban was lifted in January and hence was available to play for the PSL. The upcoming season of the IPL will get underway in one month’s time and the Knight Riders fraternity would be hoping for Russell’s speedy recovery ahead of the tournament.