Twitter slams Dinesh Karthik for not promoting Andre Russell up the order

Twitter slams Dinesh Karthik for not promoting Andre Russell up the order

Russell was sent at number seven in the game and he could only score 15 runs.

Andre Russell
Andre Russell. (Photo: IANS)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) might have lost the plot mid-way into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, but their West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell has been a sensation this season. The 30-year-old Jamaican has thrashed almost everything that has come his way this summer and has a staggering strike-rate of 217 plus! In 10 matches, Russell has amassed 392 runs at an average of 65 plus and is the fifth highest-scorer in this IPL.

However, the Russell story still had some disappointment attached to it and it is about his batting position. On Sunday, in their must-win return match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the KKR had a terrific start with their openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine adding 42 runs in just 2.4 overs.

As Narine got out after a blitzkrieg 25 off eight balls, KKR lost all the momentum and were four down very soon. He could’ve sent in then to get hold of the pitch before going berserk. But Rinku Singh came ahead of him and scored 30 runs off 27 balls.

Russell came in when the KKR had less than five overs left in their innings. He could manage just 15 off nine balls and Dinesh Karthik’s side eventually managed just 159 runs in 20 overs, losing eight wickets in the process.

Mark Waugh and Harsha Bhogle not convinced

While former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh expressed his displeasure with the KKR sending Andre Russell at No.7, the Twitterati also could not hide its frustration over the franchise’s depriving its best batsman to play the most number of balls. Ace cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was also flustered by the decision, asking in a tweet why couldn’t the player be sent at No.6?

In the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, KKR sent Russell at No. 6 while chasing a steep target of 214 and the batsman did his best to take them close to a win but eventually fell short by 10 runs. Russell himself made it known later that he was not happy batting so low down the order.

The Twitterati slammed captain Dinesh Karthik, who himself is in a poor form this season, for not promoting Russell in the batting order.

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