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KKR not over-dependent on Andre Russell firepower – Skipper

By April 22, 2019
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Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, Dinesh Karthik, is defending the balance of his team, saying it is not overly dependent on the star power of Andre Russell. 

Russell, leads the KKR batting averages and has scored the most aggregate runs, as well as holds the highest strike rate of all the batsmen on the team.

The Windies starman has an average of 65.33 , and has scored 392 runs with a high score of 65. The closest average to Russell’s is that of Nitish Rana, who has scored 297 runs with a high score of 85 not out.

The Knight Riders have, on occasion, been good with the bat but much of that has been down to Russell, who has been in impressive form, striking at an impressive 217.77, well above any other batsman in his unit.

Despite those statistics, Kolkata lie outside the playoff spots and must win their remaining games.

Despite that position, Karthik has remained belligerent about his entire team’s quality after the team lost their fifth straight game.

"Today I think 160 was par if we'd bowled well. Even though Andre only got 15 runs today, the rest of them batted really well and brought us to a score that was defendable. But the fact that we didn't bowl as well, and the wicket got better under lights, and two good players came out all guns blazing made things look very easy," said Karthik, after a loss to the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"We've sat together and regrouped and things haven't gone exactly to plan. Having said that, I have faith in the players I have. I believe there are genuine match winners out there and we need to find ways to find a spark for ourselves and do something special for us," he said.

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