Ahead of the 2020 IPL season, Gautam Gambhir has opined that he doesn’t see many bowlers in the IPL who could dismiss Andre Russell apart from Mumbai Indian’s Jasprit Bumrah. Gambhir also endorsed the idea that Russell must not bat any lower than No.5 for the franchise, alongside Eoin Morgan.
On the back of their smart recruits ahead of the 2020 season, the debate still remains on whether Kolkata Knight Riders could utilise all the stock to perform well in the IPL. Key to their chances this season would be the big Jamaican all-rounder, who turned up for the Tallawahs in the CPL has already scored 220 runs, out of which there were 35 boundaries.
While the bowlers in the CPL have struggled to send the batsman back to the pavilion, former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir has opined that it could very well be in the trend in the upcoming edition of the IPL in the Middle East. Yet at the same time, Gambhir believes that Mumbai Indian’s tearaway quick Jasprit Bumrah might trouble Russell during the IPL season.
“There might be two or three of them in the IPL who could trouble him but not beyond that. I don’t see bowlers other than probably someone like Jasprit Bumrah who can actually trouble Andre Russell,” Gambhir said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports, reported Hindustan Times.
“Obviously, if you are in great hitting form, quality of cricket and quality of bowling might be different but Andre Russell is a confidence player. If his confidence is high, then the bowling does not matter,” Gambhir added.
The two-time IPL winning skipper also urged the franchise to be a little flexible in terms of batting both Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell in the batting order. Gambhir insisted the franchise on letting Russell bat at any position above No.5, he also admitted that the franchise must be wise to use both Morgan and Russell.
“If someone goes in such big-hitting form to the IPL, I want to see how KKR uses him. Because now they have Eoin Morgan as well, who is in great form. So if you have two such international players, who are in great hitting form, left-handed and right-handed, then you can be a little flexible.”
“KKR should not send Andre Russell below No .5 in the batting order considering the form he is in. And the number should not matter, the overs should matter. Batting position is an overrated thing, six balls can change the entire match in T20 cricket,” he said.