Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey has said that injured Andre Russell is pushing hard to get fit for the playoffs. Andre Russell got injured during the game against Chennai Super Kings and is put off the playing XI for the last four games. KKR thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 86 runs to almost confirm their place in the playoffs.
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“He had a fitness test yesterday. I think he is maybe a game away so I think he will be pushing hard to get back in for the final [playoffs]. This will be a huge boost not only for us but the competition. He is world-class and he provides lots of entertainment,” KKR chief mentor David Hussey said in the post-match press conference.
Earlier in the post-match presentation Eoin Morgan,” A really strong performance today. Having aggressive players coming in in the middle order helped us kick… Shakib coming in and performing the way he has in the last two games has made replacing Andre Russell easier. He has contributed massively.”
“We are taking it day by day [with Russell], so he’s working incredibly hard. Fingers crossed. I hope [I can play golf tomorrow]. I am not too attached to things as to what will happen and what won’t happen… We have done everything tonight. We deserved to win,” he added.
KKR scored 171/4 and then folded Rajasthan Royals for 85/10 in 16.1 overs. With this win, KKR have consolidated the fourth spot with 14 points.
“I don’t think it could have got better. Losing the toss and batting was difficult. The start we got was fantastic. Gill and Iyer have been our shining light. To get 170 we thought was in a commanding position,” said Morgan.