Andre Russell is one of the finest T20 player in the world currently because of his impressive performance. As the player is comfortable in both batting and bowling, it is evident that every team looks forward to having him in the team on a regular basis. Russell is a nightmare for most of the T20 bowlers because of his consistency in clearing the boundaries easily.
The Caribbean player has a good reputation not only in the Indian Premier League but in other tournaments as well. The perfect T20 player hails from Jamaica and offered a lot of dependability while playing in other tournaments. It is important to have a versatile and commendable player in the team because it helps them to depend on the player to play in crucial conditions without losing confidence.
Andre Dwayne Russell was born on April 29, 1988, to Sandra Davis and Michael Russell in Jamaica. Not much is known of his early childhood except that he has three siblings. Andre Russell comes from a poor background.
He was brought up in poverty as his family struggled with the finances. His mother, Sandra, who is a teacher by profession, wanted him to pursue higher studies, but, Russell’s heart was set on cricket, so he requested his mother to let him try his luck in the game for two years.
Family & Background
In 2014, Andre got engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Jassym Lora, a model and an Instagram sensation from the Dominican Republic. The couple formally tied the knot in 2016.
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.
Andre Russell The Jamaican Player has a passion for hard-hitting for a long time now. He debuted to international cricket in the 2011 world cup against Ireland. The tournament looked fair for Andre Russell because he had some of the fine knocks coming out at crucial situations. As the tournament gave him a huge following across the country and the world, it is obvious that the player tries to improvise based on the format of the game in an effective way.
The tournament after the world cup was against Pakistan, which didn’t do much for the player in terms of performance. Andre Russell did fairly in the bowling department, but not with a bat at all. Russell took a break and came back with a consistent performance in T20 leagues in both India and West Indies.
All-rounder was one of the best picks in the tournament because his hard-hitting comes just when it was required in the game. The lower-order batsman ensured to go and attack bowlers to the maximum extent. As Bowlers would be under stress in the final overs, Russell takes advantage of the situation by going after them.
Andre Russell Statistics
Batting & Fielding Averages
|Test Debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Galle International Stadium, Galle, November 15, 2010|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Galle International Stadium, Galle, November 15, 2010|
|ODI Debut||Ireland v West Indies at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, March 11, 2011|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v West Indies at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, November 1, 2015|
|T20 Debut||West Indies v Pakistan at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, April 21, 2011|
|Last T20||West Indies v India at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, August 28, 2016|
West Indies Cricket Team
West Indies or Windies Cricket team has a good reputation because of quality players in the past. The current generation players are showing different kinds of the class by gaining success in the hard-hitting department. The modern generation cricket or the T20 Cricket requires people from the Caribbean region because they have the ability to hit hard under any conditions. Andre Russell belongs to the same category, that he can play some big shots to get quick runs on the board.
Russell recently got a place to play in the Windies test squad, which is an honor for every west Indian. Andre Russell played only one match, which was completed fairly. The T20 Specialist is matured enough to take up the big stage by playing with patient innings. The Windies cricket league offered him the white Teas to play for the country recently. The player has proven his place in both ODI and T20 formats, which makes him one of the dependable players for the country. The T20 specialist has been performing consistently for the team and the country, that helps him find a place in other country Premier leagues from time to time.
Andre Russell is a phenomenon in Caribbean Premier League, which can be considered as a stepping stone for the player. It is a known fact that Premier leagues provide enough room for the National team selectors to evaluate the player based on the requirement and the ability from time to time. Andre Russell was brought up by Caribbean Premier League, which gave him away to both the national team and other leagues.
Pakistan and Bangladesh Premier league have provided a good arena for Russell to prove his abilities. As the grounds are shorter than Caribbean grounds, it is easier for Andre Russell to clear boundaries effectively. Andre Russell played for Islamabad United and Multan Sultans for all the years and productive by winning matches on a regular basis. The first PSL won by his team and he had an important role to play by emerging as the leading wicket-taker.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
Russell has been part of the Indian premier league for a long time now. The powerful striker was picked by Delhi Daredevils or Delhi Capitals in the year 2012 and 2013. Russell could not contribute due to low-form and injury reasons. The player took a break for started with a new Franchise (KKR or Kolkatta Knight Riders) in the year 2014. The year 2014 was not productive for neither Andre Russell nor KKR because of unknown reasons. The follower year took him for a ride and ended up becoming a favorite player for every IPL fan across the world.
Russell started his strike from the year 2015 to KKR and offered the best of him by turning matches quickly. The player has the capabilities to strike from both bowling ends and batting ends, which becomes a nightmare for the opponents from time to time. The powerful striker has a massive average strike rate of 189 in the entire IPL and 192 alone in 2015 IPL. The numbers are enough to prove him as one of the successful IPL players in the history of the tournament.
Andre Russell Wife – Jasium Laura (Model)
Jasium Laura got famous after she was regularly spotted in India supporting her husband and Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise he plays for the 2019 edition of Indian Premier League.
Records in IPL
Russell has an impressive strike, which is a necessary element to stand as a powerful T20 player. As the player has enough potential to go for big shots, all he has to do is connect the ball effectively. Andre Russell is a powerful striker, who manages to put away the ball out of the park to avoid any kind of smart work in finding gaps between fielders.
The continuous sixes in innings have helped him increase the strike rate to an impressive number, which remained unbeatable for a long span of time now.
Strike Rate – 192 in 2015 IPL
Highest Strike Rate – 189 in IPL
Andre Russell Net Worth
In the 2012 IPL auction, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $450,000. For the 2014 IPL, he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 60 Lakh. He also played in the 2016 Pakistan Super League and bought by Islamabad United for $140,000. For the 2018 and 2019 IPL, he was retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for his previous sum of Rs. 8.5 crore.
Andre Russell Controversies
He was banned from Cricket for one year on 31 January 2017, when he committed an “anti-doping whereabouts” violation.
Russell prioritizes domestic and league cricket more than International cricket and once he said a controversial statement about it that playing just for West Indies wouldn’t be enough to meet his expenses.