Kolkata, May 3 : Star all-round maestro Muscle Russell aka Andre Russell has said that he wants to remain with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) till the day of his retirement from cricket.
"I would want to play for KKR till the day I retire,” he said. “I've been at KKR for 6 seasons now and I enjoy every bit - getting the MVP award and all is good, but I want more.
I really need that cup as well, and I am really hoping that we can have the IPL this year, so we can become the Champions,” Russell said, Joining with KKR website for a chat from his palatial villa in Kingston, Jamaica, Big Dre sheds light on some of his best moments at KKR, his love for the people of Kolkata, his desire to lift the IPL Trophy, and much more. “Let me confess something. IPL is where I get the most goosebumps when I am playing cricket.
I get that in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) as well, but when it comes to playing in the IPL, especially at Eden Gardens, there is no comparison to that crowd,” Russell said. “ When I walk out before facing a ball, I have goosebumps all over me because of the welcome that I get. That’s pure love, and yes it puts pressure on me. But it's a good kind of pressure.,” Russell said. When Kolkata needs 12 or 13 runs per over, with only 5 overs to go - I love those moments, and the crowd really allows me to do what I need to do,” he said.
“I get a feeling they are telling me: 'Listen, we have got your back, so just go out and do your business.' If everyone was sad, and there was no noise, no entrance, that would maybe make me feel the pressure more. But I know even if I fail two games straight, when I come out to bat for the third game, it is the same deafening reaction I will get from the crowd. It's always a welcoming thing,” Russell said. “Just like players in big (football) leagues like English Premier League, or the Basketball guys (at NBA) retiring from the sport say 'okay, this is my last game' and they wave goodbye to the crowd - I imagine I would love to be at KKR until that moment in my career.
I'd say, ‘Listen, Shah Rukh, all the KKR staff, everyone. This will be my last IPL and the last home game playing in Kolkata.' It would be such an emotional moment,” the KKR star all-rounder said. “I sometimes watch videos and I see footballers crying and I'm wondering if I would actually cry, but that's the special thing about playing at a club for so long and getting so attached. You know someday you're going to go out. I've been at KKR for 6 seasons now and I enjoy every bit - getting the MVP award and all is good, but I want more.
I really need that cup as well, and I am really hoping that we can have the IPL this year, so we can become the Champions,” Russell said. “As athletes, you have to have a moment when you tell yourself: 'You know what, you're gonna go out there trying, and regardless of what happens to you or your partner.’ [UNI]