• IPL 2018: Andre Russell pumped up after training with Usain Bolt’s physio

    Talking about the KKR setup for this edition, Russell said he's excited to work with all the youngsters.

    Andre Russell
    Andre Russell. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

    West Indian cricketer Andre Russell will be making a comeback in the IPL after he was ruled out from participating in the previous edition. Russell remained out of professional cricket serving a one-year ban and is all pumped up to get back with the Kolkata Knight Riders, a franchise where he earned a lot of stardom.

    Andre Russell had participated in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League but had pulled-out due to a hamstring injury. His side Islamabad United managed to win the title, much to the delight of the 29-year-old. To get back to full fitness, Russell had worked with Usain Bolt’s former physio and is completely charged to perform well this season.

    Eddie used to be Usain Bolt’s physio. We all know Bolt is the fastest man in the world, I am the second (laughs) so yeah like to be anywhere close to his fitness, you need guys like Edward around you. He is my personal physio,” Russell said.

    Excited to work with Dinesh Karthik: Russell

    Andre Russell, just like a lot of other cricketers from the Caribbean Islands, is known to be a party animal. He loves being in pubs and enjoying himself with a drink or two, but his lifestyle had cost him a year. Talking about the incidents which led to his ban, he said it has been tough and he can only try to get better in the time to come.

    “It’s been tough, to be honest. You want to do things but you can’t. You restrict yourself from doing it to be a better player, to be a better athlete and person,” Russell said about his lifestyle.

    “Like a lot of partying, drinking you know all those bad habits. I am not saying I am perfect, but I am working on it and it’s been treating me well. I am looking fit,” the 29-year-old added.

    Talking about the KKR setup for this edition, Russell said he’s excited to work with all the youngsters. “It’s fantastic. We have a lot of young talent. We should do really well. Once everyone steps up the plate, it will be good enough,” He said.

    Talking about his new skipper Dinesh Karthik, Russell said,”(I am) excited to work with him. I have played against him. I will be sharing the dressing room with him and taking his instructions. It should be interesting.”