Russell injured in IPL match
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell could be on the sidelines for some time after he limped off the field, with what is suspected to be a hamstring injury, while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
Russell picked up the injury in the 17th over while fielding against the Chennai Super Kings, and, according to team Mentor Michael Hussey, the strapping Jamaican will be further accessed to determine the extent of the injury.
"It's still too early to tell. He said he felt something pop in his leg, his hamstring. We've got the best medical staff in the business so they'll tend to him and, hopefully, it's nothing too serious, because he's a key part of our team. He's been playing very very nicely with the bat, the ball, and in the field. So, hopefully, nothing too serious and he can come back and light the competition up like we know Andre Russell can do," Hussey told ESPNCricinfo.
The West Indies will be hoping that Russell's latest injury scare is just that and that the Jamaican will be able to shrug off the injury and be ready for international duties next month when the regional side bows into action at the T20 World Cup. Russell has had a series of injury problems with his right knee in the past, and the St Catherine CC all-rounder has worked hard to get back to some form starting with the home T20 series in the Caribbean followed by the Caribbean Premier League and now the remainder of the IPL.
Russell scored 20 with two fours and one six and bagged one wicket in yesterday's match but the Kolkata Knight Riders went down by two wickets to Chennai Super Kings. Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171 for six (20 overs); Chennai Super Kings 172 for eight (20 overs).
The Kolkata Knight Riders are next in action against the Delhi Capitals on Tuesday in Sharjah.