Would rather bat against Jasprit Bumrah than bowl to Andre Russell, says Siddhesh Lad

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Siddhesh Lad had in April, during an Instagram live chat, said that he would rather bat against Jasprit Bumrah than bowl to Andre Russell. 

Talking about the same again, Lad said he is aware that at some point he will have to bowl against the West Indies batsman. The 28-year-old reckons that if given an opportunity, he would rather find a way out of it.

“I will have to bowl to him in the nets at some stage now obviously,” Lad told kkr.in. 

“I have already faced Bumrah in the nets and in domestic matches. So, I somewhat know what to expect. With Russell, I have seen how destructive he can get. I have never bowled to him. So, I think it is the uncertainty of the whole thing that made me say that I don’t want to bowl to Andre Russell.”

As for Russell, he had a brilliant season with KKR in 2019, when he scored 510 runs at an average of 56.66 with a strike-rate of 204.81. 

KKR coach Brendon McCullum and mentor David Hussey are even pondering over the idea of promoting Russell up the order. 

Hussey stated that with adequate balls at his disposal, Russell can score a double hundred in T20 cricket.

“If it benefits the team and helps us win games of cricket, why not? If that means Andre Russell comes in at three and bats 60 balls, he might actually make a double hundred. Anything can happen with Dre Russ,” Hussey said in a news conference.

“If it benefits the team and helps us win games of cricket, why not? If that means Andre Russell comes in at three and bats 60 balls, he might actually make a double hundred. Anything can happen with Dre Russ,” Hussey said in a news conference.





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