Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians face-off, Andre Russell vs Trent Boult
IPL 2020, KKR vs MI: Andre Russell has hit 96 fours in 64 matches but has hit 120 sixes.© AFP
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) started the IPL 2020 campaign against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and while all the competition is a challenge, the conditions that KKR are unfamiliar with starting against Mumbai can be quite a challenge. It would require his big guns to come really well and this is where Andre Russell comes into play. One of the biggest players of cricket ball would like to have it in MI. It would take a bowler with the skill and experience to keep Russell calm and Trent Boult is one such bowler.
The first thing about Dre Russ’s stats, as Russell often says, is the strike rate, an insane 186.41. This man hit 96 fours in 64 matches but hit 120 sixes. So basically, why do you bother to find gaps to go all the way.
The times when Russell has won through almost impossible circumstances is impressive. He is a danger all the time.
Boult is nowhere near as dramatic. He is not a runaway train, nor is he scary in any particular sense. But he knows where to bowl, and it could be crucial against Russell, especially as the West Indies are still towards the end of the innings.
Bault has 39 wickets in 34 matches, and a moderate economy of 8.73. But he has the ability to be precise and can definitely swing the ball, something that can be important against big hitters.
Therefore, while the equation is in favor of Russell, he is very much in favor. The New Wonderlander Bolt may still be the last moment when the two encounter each other.
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com