Andre Russell IPL Career

Last Modified Apr 02, 2024 19:00 IST
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A fearsome hitter of a cricket ball, a six-hitting, clutch knocks behemoth, and a street-start bowler, Andre Russell is your ideal T20 cricketer, if there ever was one, and one of the greatest that the Indian Premier League has ever witnessed. His immaculate ball-striking ability and fiery pace with the ball have earned him a reputation as one of the most feared cricketers to have played in the cash-rich league.

IPL Debut Year2012
IPL TeamDelhi Daredevils (2012-13), Kolkata Knight Riders (2014-present)
NationalityWest Indian
Batting StyleRight-handed Batter
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast
Current Auction Price12 Crores
Last IPL Season runs & wickets227 runs & 7 wickets

Andre Russell IPL Teams from 2012-24

Andre Russell earned his maiden IPL contract with the Delhi Daredevils (Capitals) in the 2012 auction (INR 2.2 Crores) on the back of his power-hitting exploits for the West Indies.

However, it was in the year 2014 that he received his true calling when he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 60 Lakhs. But, just like in 2012 and 2013 where he played just 7 games across two seasons, Russell didn't get much game time. He played just 2 games and scored 2 runs besides taking 1 wicket.

It was in the following season that Russell truly announced himself in the IPL as he went on to smash 326 runs @ 36.22/192.89 besides taking 14 wickets @ 23 apiece. He picked up the 'Player of the Match' award thrice and was eventually adjudged the 'MVP' of the season.

The 2016 season was more about Russell the bowler even as runs didn't flow off his bat as rapidly from his bat. Russell accounted for 15 scalps @ 19.40 and an economy rate of 7.97, which also included his maiden 4-wicket haul (vs PBKS).

Russell missed the 2017 season due to a drug-related ban but he returned in 2018 with vengeance. The next couple of seasons would go on to establish 'Dre Russ’ as the most fearsome T20 powerhitters in the game.

His breathtaking 88* (36) against the Chennai Super Kings, which included just 1 four but 11 gigantic sixes lit up the season and also sent a warning signal to bowlers about what was to ensue.

In 2018, he hammered 384 runs at a strike rate of 184.79 (besides taking 13 wickets), but it was really in 2019 that he truly unleashed himself as the best. Russell's 510 runs (in 13 innings) came at an average of 56.66 and a ridiculous strike rate of 204.81, and it was against the eventual champions, MI, that he was at his absolute best- 80* (40). In addition to the carnage that he inflicted on his opponents with his bat, Russell also bagged 11 scalps @ 26.09. Just as in life, every high is followed by a lull, the same happened with Russell in 2020 as he struggled for form in the Emirates. In 9 innings, the burly West Indian could only manage 117 runs @ 13.

However, Russell ensured that it was just a blip as he was back to doing what he does best in the following two seasons: smashing the ball out of the park at the death & taking out batsmen in the death overs. His 21-ball 50 nearly helped KKR chase down CSK's 220 from an improbable position.

In 2022, the all-rounder scripted history as he became the first bowler to take 4 wickets in an over (vs GT). Russell finished the season with 335 runs @ 37.22/174.88 and 17 wickets @ 16.35. In 2023, Russell had a mediocre season scoring just 227 runs and picking up just 7 wickets and the West Indian would be wishing to turn things around in IPL 2024.

Andre Russell IPL Auction Price

Andre Russell was first bought by the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for a sum of INR 2.2 crores in 2012, but it was after the Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for a sum of 6 crores in 2014, the fortunes turned towards the West Indian as he went on to become a match-winner of every sort for the Men in Purple.

YearTeamSalary (in INR)
2012Delhi Daredevils22,621,500
2013Delhi Daredevils23,971,500
2014Kolkata Knight Riders6,000,000
2015Kolkata Knight Riders6,000,000
2016Kolkata Knight Riders6,000,000
2018Kolkata Knight Riders85,000,000
2019Kolkata Knight Riders85,000,000
2020Kolkata Knight Riders85,000,000
2021Kolkata Knight Riders85,000,000
2022Kolkata Knight Riders120,000,000
2023Kolkata Knight Riders120,000,000
2024Kolkata Knight Riders120,000,000
TotalINR 770,593,000

Andre Russell IPL Runs Year-wise

Andre Russell has been a marauder of the cricket ball and an opponent’s nightmare on his day as he has replicated it in the IPL, finishing the innings for his team on an electrifying note. He has amassed 2262 runs in 112 matches as of IPL 2023.


Andre Russell IPL Wickets Year-wise

Andre Russell bowls right-arm fast and is a fiery pacer who can take crucial wickets, despite going for runs. He has taken 96 wickets so far, as of IPL 2023.

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Andre Russell IPL Records

First player in the IPL to take 4 wickets in 1 overAndre Russell dismissed Abhinav Manohar, Lockie Ferguson, Rahul Tewatia, and Yash Dayal in the final over of the innings in a 2022 fixture between KKR and GT.
Highest strike rate in IPL historyRussell has scored 2035 runs in 82 IPL innings at a staggering strike rate of 177.88; no one has scored faster than the Caribbean in the league's history.
Fastest to 1000 runs & 50 IPL wicketsRussell achieved the double in a mere 57 games, beating the previous record holders in the form of Kieron Pollard and Shane Watson.
Only batsman to score 50+ average and 200+ strike rate in a seasonThe T20 behemoth was at his destructive best during the 2019 season, hammering 510 runs @56.66/204.81 with 4 50+ scores.
One of the two players to smash 50+ sixes in a single IPL seasonIn 2019, Russell joined Chris Gayle (59 in 2012 & 51 in 2013) to become only the 2nd player (to date) to smash 50+ maximums in a single season. The West Indian all-rounder hammered 52 sixes in 13 innings.
Lowest balls faced/six ratio (6.50) in IPL historyRussell has faced 1144 balls in his IPL career, and out of those, he has sent 175 out of the park. No other batsman has hit a six as frequently as Dre Russ in IPL cricket.
Only player to do a double of 300+ runs & 10+ wickets in a single season 4 timesRussell achieved it in IPL 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2022.

Andre Russell as Batter


Andre Russell as Bowler

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Q. When did Andre Russell start playing IPL?

A. Andre Russell started playing IPL in 2012 for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

Q. How many runs has Andre Russell scored in the IPL?

A. Andre Russell has scored 2262 runs in 112 matches as of IPL 2023.

Q. What is Andre Russell’s auction price for IPL 2024?

A. Andre Russell’s auction price for IPL 2024 is INR 12 crores. 

Q. How many teams has Andre Russell played in the IPL?

A. Andre Russell has represented the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for 2 seasons and is currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Q. How many sixes has Andre Russell hit in the IPL?

A. Andre Russell has smashed 193 sixes in the IPL as of 2023.