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World Cup 2019: I always bowl fast, claims Andre Russell

The Windies side last won their ODI series five years ago in 2014.

Andre Russell
Andre Russell. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Andre Russell seems to be going through a fabulous phase in his career. Whatever he does is turning into gold. In the 12th edition of the IPL, he was smashing sixes for fun. He smoked 52 sixes in 14 innings as he turned games single-handedly for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Thus, despite featuring in just two ODIs since the end of the 2015 World Cup, the hard-hitting all-rounder was recalled to the West Indies side for the 2019 World Cup. While everyone’s aware of his batting prowess, he sent a timely reminder of what he can do with the ball in Windies’ first game of this World Cup. Russell might’ve bowled just three overs but had a massive impact on the game.

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He started the short ball carnage as he picked up two wickets to expose Pakistan’s vulnerability against the short ball. Russell’s three-over spell literally opened the floodgates as Pakistan were bowled out for a mere 105. Russell was getting the ball to fly through and was cranking up some serious pace. After the game, when the 31-year-old all-rounder was asked about his bowling speed, he replied, “I always bowl fast.

 

We just want to be aggressive with whoever we’re playing against Jason Holder

The West Indies ODI team hasn’t had a lot of success over the last few years. The last time they won an ODI series was back in August 2014. However, they’ve been excellent over the last few months. They pushed the No. 1 ranked ODI side, England to the limit in a five-game ODI series. In the last game of that series, the West Indian pacers ran in and bowled aggressively to knock over England for 113 to level the series 2-2.

They continued that in the first game of this World Cup as well. Skipper Jason Holder admitted that their plan is to remain aggressive in order to pick up wickets. “I think our style was just to be aggressive. We just want to be aggressive with whoever we’re playing against. It’s just something that we need to do in order to pick up wickets,” Holder was quoted saying in the post-match press conference.

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