Teams Played For
West Indies, Khulna Royal Bengals, Delhi Capitals, Sylhet Royals, Jamaica Tallawahs, Worcestershire, West Indies A, Kolkata Knight Riders, Knights, Melbourne Renegades, Comilla Victorians, Sydney Thunder, Islamabad United, Nottinghamshire, Dhaka Dynamites, Vancouver Knights, UWI Vice Chancellors XI, Nangarhar Leopards, Northern Warriors, Multan Sultans, Rajshahi Royals
A powerful hitter of the ball, Andre Russell has the ability to intimidate any bowler in the world with his fearsome batting.
The big Jamaican made his ODI debut in the World Cup 2011 against Ireland, picking up a solitary wicket as West Indies won that game. He played his only Test match in 2010 against Sri Lanka where he was average both with the bat & bowl in hand.
After a poor home series against Pakistan, Russell rose to the occasion in the 5-match ODI series against the then world champions, India. On being dropped from the first two games of the series, Russell made a statement in the third game and made an instant impact with the bat, scoring 92 off a mere 62 deliveries, and also picked up a wicket along with a run-out. Despite his heroics, West Indies still lost the match.
In the fourth ODI, he took 3 crucial wickets and helped the Windies to cross the line. He got better in the final ODI and picked up 4 wickets and was eventually awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ title.
Over the years, Russell has impressed a lot of great cricketers, including Sir Vivian Richards, but consistency has been a major issue for the explosive batsman.
The early promise that he showed faded away, but Russell remained a potent force in the shortest format of the game. In the inaugural season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Russell smashed 203 runs at a healthy strike-rate of 189.71.
The brute all-rounder was a key player for the Windies in the 2016 World T20. In the crucial semifinal game against India, he scored a quickfire 43 off just 20 balls to take the game away from India.
For his impressive performances with both bat & the ball, he was included by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
The power-hitter was also part of the West Indies squad for the 2019 World Cup. In a group game against Australia, Russell became the quickest player to achieve the 1,000 run mark in ODI’s in terms of balls faced. He scored 1000 runs in only 767 deliveries. Halfway through the tournament, Russell was withdrawn from the West Indies squad due to an injury to his left knee, and Sunil Ambris was roped in as his replacement.
Over the years, Andre Russell has been a big game player in franchise cricket. He has played in IPL, CPL, PSL, BBL, and other T20 leagues around the world.
Russell’s power-hitting abilities caught the eyes of IPL franchises and he was roped in by Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) ahead of the 2012 season. The dynamic player was plagued with injuries that hampered his first two seasons as he only played 7 games in his first two seasons with the franchise.
Russell was released ahead of the 2014 auction and then KKR bought him, hoping to get the best out of the all-rounder. However, he again played a couple of games and it wasn’t until the next season that the world witnessed the ‘Russell Muscle’.
He smashed 326 runs at a strike-rate of 192. His all-around abilities were in full flow as he registered 14 wickets under his kitty and was awarded the MVP of the 2015 IPL.
In the 2016 edition, Russell got one better of the previous season and scalped 15 wickets as KKR reached the knockout phase, but failed to reach the final of the tournament.
The all-rounder was banned for one-year for a whereabouts clause violation by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston. The ban was effective from January 31, 2017, and lasted till January 30, 2018. As a result, Russell was unable to participate in the 2017 PSL and IPL conducted in the month of April. Despite serving a one-year ban from cricket, IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders decided to retain him ahead of the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League.
He was at his menacing best in the 2019 season, where everything he touched turned into gold. He hammered the bowlers all around the park and scored 500 plus runs for the first time in his IPL career. The Jamaican-born hit 52 sixes in the entire tournament and was announced as the ‘Player of the Tournament'.
In IPL 2020, a lot was expected from Russell, but he was in poor form and hardly contributed for his side, scoring 117 runs and picking up just 6 wickets in the ten matches played. The Caribbean powerhouse was retained by KKR ahead of the IPL 2021 season.
An explosive cricketer, Russell’s ability to clear the boundary line with ease makes him a special player. It won’t be an understatement to say that he is more of an athlete than a cricketer. His pace bowling goes under the radar because of his ability to strike the ball hard. Russell is full of energy and over the years cricket experts have been running out of superlatives for him.
(As of March 2021)