DUBAI: Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell was elated after returning from a hamstring injury in 14 days to smash a much needed 25 off 11 balls against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday. POINTS TABLE |
The West Indies all-rounder had missed KKR’s last four matches because of the injury, which, he said, could have kept him out for up to eight weeks but the physiotherapist and doctors helped him recover early.
“It’s a good feeling to be back on the field. It’s been a tough two weeks doing rehab three times a day, was a bit painful. But I’m happy that I’m back. It’s a Grade 2 hamstring tear, which usually takes eight weeks to heal,” Russell told the host broadcasters Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“The scan was very ugly. With KKR physio and doctors around me, it helped…When it (hamstring) is feeling good, that’s when it’s healing, and I don’t want to disturb the healing process,” he added.
Pat Cummins’ four-wicket haul and Eoin Morgan’s 68-run knock helped KKR defeat Rajasthan by 60 runs here at the Dubai International Stadium ( SCORECARD).
“We have a good bowling (attack). I can chip in with the yorkers at the backend, but for now I’m going to take one game at a time,” said Russell.
The all-rounder looked in great touch but got out soon trying to hit every ball for a boundary.
“As soon as I sweat and my blood’s getting hot, I’m getting out. We were waiting for the cricket gods to work things out for us,” he said, hinting at KKR needing favourable results in the last two league-stage matches of the season to get through to the playoffs.
KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches but can still be ousted. On the other hand, the Royals are now out from the race to the playoffs.
“I watch each and every game. We play against each other, two games against the same team in a season. So, I watch on the phone what the bowlers do and the batters do,” the all-rounder said.