Andre Russell is the kind of cricketer whose attitude, on his bad day, can be questionable. Sometimes he is far too casual and others, he looks like he’s just not giving his 100%. Today the Jamaican took his antics to a whole new level, though, as he outrightly refused to run Kyle Jamieson out.
Andre Russell has, for the past two seasons, been used as a specialist death bowler by KKR and he showcased his death-bowling potential against Mumbai, taking a five-fer inside two overs. It was not a great day at the office for the Jamaican today as he finished with figures of 0/38 off his 2 overs, thanks to an AB de Villiers onslaught, but he still managed to hog the headlines. In typical Russell fashion, though, the Big Jamaican did the most absurd thing imaginable to not just become the talk of the town, but leave everyone in the ground absolutely perplexed.
Having been carted for 17 runs off the first 4 balls of the 20th over, Russell landed an inch-perfect yorker on the fifth. The batsman, de Villiers, had it dig the ball out and all the South African could manage was hit the ball back straight to the bowler. To RCB’s dismay, Jamieson had already come half-way down the track anticipating AB to hit the ball beyond the 30-yard circle, and so, with the ball in hand, Russell had an opportunity to run the non-striker out. All he had to do was take two steps forward and dislodge the bails.
However, to the utter shock of everyone at the stadium, the West Indian refused to run Jamieson out. Russell, after collecting the ball, turned around, but despite Jamieson being in the middle of the wicket, turned down the opportunity to run the Kiwi out, looking disinterested.
The run out would have, of course, made no difference to the eventual outcome as AB dispatched the ball to the boundary anyway, but Russell’s actions were….erm….bizarre.
What was that, Russell?
How can he ignore that?
Russell didn't try!
Russell. lol he didn't even tried to run out 🤣😂🤣— Sanket (@Sanket_R_) April 18, 2021
Ha ha! poor russell!
19.5 : Russell could've run out Jamieson and even if he had missed the stumps, AB wouldn't have taken that one overthrow run. Only good for KKR had he taken that single and gotten off strike.— Akshay (@Kohlify) April 18, 2021
That's what lack of sleep did to Russell's brain.
Is it time to bench Russell? No intent at all with stpping runs in field, no intnt to thrw the bowl to take possible run-out and bowling with a lazy run-up and let's keep aside his batting prformnce for last 2 season Does he thnk he's bttr for the game@KKRiders #KKR #AndreRussell— Aniket Muppiri (@MuppiriAniket) April 18, 2021