Kolkata Knight Riders have resumed their IPL 2021 campaign with a bang as they thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets before bundling them out for an embarrassing total of 92. Andre Russell proved his mettle in the match with a remarkable bowling spell of 3/9 after Varun Chakravarthy broke the backbone of Virat Kohli-led side.
He had a pale outing at the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League, where he scored a personal season-best of unsatisfactory 31; putting his batting credentials as a reliable match-winner further in doubt. However, a closer look suggests that the batsman never had a settled batting position with the Jamaican Tallawahs as he was being rotated at several batting positions including as low as No. 8. It could be understood that the idea was to exploit the pinch-hitter at the death overs but scoring at a strike rate of 142.85 suggests the plan didn't really work.