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Big Statement: Kolkata Knight Riders Star Claims His Country Didn’t ‘Invest’ In Him Like His IPL Team


Despite some preseason injury problems, Kolkata Knight Riders have been putting on motivational performances. They are in seventh place with three victories in eight games. The Nitish Rana-led team has the guts to compete against groups with more famous supporters. Andre Russell is a crucial player for the group. Since 2014, the West Indies all-arounder has been a member of the KKR squad. Rusell has 108 runs and five wickets in eight games of the IPL 2023 so far. He recently discussed the role that KKR has played in his cricket career.

KKR sent me to obtain proper treatment for my knees, and they truly made things happen for me. To be really honest, that means a lot to me. In a video that was uploaded to KKR’s YouTube account, Russell stated that “no other franchise or even my country never actually invested that much in me.

“I’m content here. Since I’ve been here for about 9 years, I can’t think of any other franchise in this tournament that I would really love to play for. Being here for so long and getting to know these guys brings me a little bit closer to them every year. I continue to communicate with Mr. Venky (Mysore) even when cricket isn’t being played. I genuinely admire him and look up to him,” the all-around player continued.

When the two teams square off in the IPL on Saturday, the resurgent Gujarat Titans, who have a potent bowling unit, will stand in the way of Kolkata Knight Riders’ hopes for a comeback. With a convincing victory at Bangalore, the home team’s sputtering season got back on track after they fired in unison to end their four-match losing streak. The low-key KKR team, without their regular commander Shreyas Iyer, may have unearthed a trump card in Jason Roy in a season where their Caribbean star combo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have yet to shine.

With a furious half-century, the Englishman set the tone, allowing players like Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, and David Wiese to seize the initiative and post a winning total of 201 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Roy, who has played in just six of KKR’s matches this year, has three games with scores of 43, 61, and 56. He will once again be the focal point of the team’s batting.

The victory moved KKR up to seventh place in the standings among the 10 teams, but they still have a long way to go before the playoffs.

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