Andre Russell Biography
Andre Russell is a West Indies cricketer, born on 29th April 1988 in Jamaica. Russell is an all-rounder who bats right-handed in the lower middle order and bowls right-arm fast medium. Russell is regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen in the current international cricket scenario.
Russell made his first-class debut for Jamaica in the 2007 season at an age of 19. However, it was in the 2010 season when Russell showed what he was capable of. He played for the Barnards Green Cricket Club in Worcestershire, England and helped them get promoted to the Birmingham League cricket. He took 39 wickets at an average of 10.15 and also made 799 runs in 11 innings.
He made his way to the West Indies A squad and smashed 61 off 34 balls with the bat and took 6/42 with the ball against Ireland in June 2010.
As a result, he was selected in the senior team for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Before his ODI debut, Russell made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2010. He could manage only 2 runs and captured only a single wicket. Disappointingly, it turned out to be the only Test match in his career till now.
Russell made his ODI debut against Ireland at Mohali in 2011 during the ICC Cricket World Cup. He made just 3 runs and picked 1/37. He had a better second game against England where he scored 49 runs and took 4/49. As a result, he got a decent run in the first team.
Russell made his T20 debut in the same year against Pakistan at Gros Islet. He scored a duck but bowled an economical spell to help the Windies to victory.
Rise to Glory
Russell’s abilities with the bat were on full display against India at North Sound in 2011. West Indies were 96/7 when he came out to bat and stuck a 64-ball 92 to rescue his side.
Few days later, he showcased his bowling skills against the same side at Kingston with figures of 4/35. West Indies won the game and he received the player of the match award.
When Australians toured the Caribbean islands in 2012, Russell showed his all-round skills in a match at Gros Islet. He took 4/61 and then made 41 off 33 deliveries but could not take his side to victory.
Another impact knock from Russell which helped the Windies to victory was against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2015 where he made 64 off 40 balls. It was a consolation win in a difficult tour for the side.
Russell took his side to victory in the semi-final of the 2016 ICC World T20 against India at Mumbai with an unbeaten 43 off 20 balls. He came to crease when his side needed 77 from 41 balls and took them home.
Russell is one of those West Indies cricketers who are not taken for ODI consideration since 2015 as he does not play domestic cricket in his country more often.
Russell was banned for one year from cricket after he was charged of a failed dope test by an independent anti-doping panel in 2017. As a result, he missed the 2017 Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.
Andre Russell is a well-travelled cricketer and has plied his trade in a number of T20 competitions around the world. He played for the Khulna Royal Bengals in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League in 2012. Later that year, he was bought for $450,000 by the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
He then represented Worcestershire in England. He continues to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League till today.
In 2014, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders and remains with the franchise till date. He has also represented Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder in the KFC T20 Big Bash League and Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.
Russell's Record in Numbers
Andre Russell is the only player to have taken four wickets in four balls in T20s. He did it against India A in 2013.
He has the fastest century in the Caribbean Premier League to his name with a 42-ball hundred against Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016.