first_imgAndre Russell has been in monstrous form with the bat for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League so far. The West Indian has scored a total of 207 runs from 77 balls in four matches and that too at a strike rate of 288.83 and an average of 103.50.Andre Russell has hit a total of 22 sixes from the 4 matches – 4 sixes vs SRH, 5 sixes vs KXIP, 6 sixes vs DC and 7 sixes vs RCB. In short Dre Russ (as Andre Russell is known to his legion of fans), has been winning matches for KKR with sixes and a sheer sense of intimidation.After Russell smashed an unbeaten 48 from 13 balls to help the KKR chase down Royal Challengers Bangalore’s target of 206 with 5 wickets in hand and 5 balls to spare, the ‘big-hitter’ was asked at the post-match presentation what does he eat to be able to hit so many huge sixes.Russell didn’t exactly answer the question but said that he no longer believes any cricket ground across the world is big enough for him. Russell though added that he had thought Australian grounds were too big but that he had surprised himself when he hit a few Down Under.”A few grounds in Australia and then I surprised myself there by hitting a few into the stands. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my strength and trust my power. I have good bat speed. I trust that as well,” Russell said.”Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren’t easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can’t explain much, rather show that on the field,” Russell added.advertisementLater in another interview with his KKR and West Indies teammate Carlos Brathwaite, Russell said that hitting as many sixes as possible was his only goal when he went out to bat against RCB.”I practice for just like these moments,” he told Brathwaite on though chose to finally answer the question on what he eats so that he gets the power to hit those sixes in the match.”To all the fans out here: I don’t eat anything special,” Russell said in an interview to went onto to added that the secret of his big hitting lies in the fact that he goes out to bat with an open mind and it is all in his heart.”It’s just all in the heart and mind. My mind’s free,” Russell told eyes will again be on Andre Russell on Sunday as Kolkata Knight Riders take on Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Also Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for meAlso Read | Andre Russell’s mantra for success is simple: Hit as many sixes as possibleAlso Read | Shah Rukh Khan hails ‘Baahubali’ Andre Russell after KKR’s stunning victory vs RCBlast_img

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