West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, who had a poor IPL 2020 season, had opened up on the same and said that 14th edition of the Indian Premier League season in the UAE was a tough one for him despite him trying to bring in changes to his batting style to be more effective.
The Kolkata Knight Riders’ star all-rounder, Andre Russell, who was the most valuable player of the IPL 2019 season, had a disappointing IPL 2020 season. He accumulated only 117 runs and picked 6 wickets in 10 games. He also missed few games for KKR after sustaining an injury.
Now speaking on his performance and form in the IPL 2020, Russell said that despite changing his stance, technique and trigger movement, nothing seemed to go his way when he was out to bat.
“I changed my stance, I changed my technique, I changed my trigger movement, all these things I changed just to score runs in IPL and nothing was going my way. The pressure was real. I’m a tough player, and I didn’t know I could actually feel what happened during this year’s IPL. And I just wanted everything to go quickly behind me,” Russell told a Jamaica-based TV network SportsMax.
The bubble Life Was Like Being in Prison: Andre Russell
At the same time, he also admitted that the bio-secure bubble life just started to get to him as he had just completed being part of it in Trinidad and then had to immediately join another bubble in Abu Dhabi.
“Coming from a bubble in Trinidad [for CPL], come straight into Abu Dhabi [in IPL], days on days, you can only go to practise, and come back to the hotel and your room. You can close your eyes and go to the bathroom, but there is nowhere else to go,” Russell said.
Speaking on bio-secure bubble life, Russell further said that it was like ‘living in a prison’, and said that immediately after IPL 2020, he took some time off in Dubai to ‘loosen himself up’.
“I get out of the bubble. I go to Dubai, have a good time, drink, party, loosen myself. I feel alive. When you feel like you’re coming out of prison, it’s like. I’ve never been to prison, but this lockdown actually felt ‘oh my god, I can’t do whatever I want to do’,” he said.
Andre Russell is currently in Sri Lankan, playing Lanka Premier League. He is a part of Colombo Kings and giving his best to the franchise.