Russell Slams KKR’s Bad Decisions, Says Team Atmosphere Unhealthy
Star KKR all-rounder Andre Russell on Saturday lamented the "bad decisions" taken by his team in a disappointing IPL campaign which has seen the side lose six games in a row.
Russell has been the biggest impact player for KKR with three man-of-the-match performances from their four wins but his team has let him down.
The Jamaican who has amassed 406 runs from 10 innings at an outrageous strike rate of 209.27 was particularly pained at KKR’s failure to defend 176 against a “weak” Rajasthan Royals.
They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don't really take catches -- we have been the worst fielding team so far," explained Russell.
Russell said the atmosphere in the team is not healthy as he likes to keep himself confined to his room.
"I find myself just been in my room for the last couple of days losing games after games. I'm not the type of guy to do the walking around... It's hard to do the walk around losing six games in a row,” said Russell.
"I have never feared any bowler. Never. Bowlers fear me, to be honest. I'm not bragging or anything. I can get out in one ball tomorrow or the first ball they bowl can go for six. I'm not afraid to get out,” said Russell. "I'm not going to die. So, it's not the life and death situation. It's like you're giving yourself a chance to score runs they are trying to get you out. Bumrah, Malinga are top bowlers. But they are human beings."
KKR have the worst record against Mumbai Indians who have won eight matches in a 18-5 head-to-head record. The last time KKR had won against MI was four years ago.