first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik has heaped praise on Andre Russell, saying it is great to see him grow as a player and get matured. Riding on Russell’s unbeaten 40-ball 80, KKR kept their playoffs hope alive as they defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 34-run win despite Hardik Pandya’s fireworks in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. “Russell is a great player, he’s a special player and it’s good to see him grow as a player. The maturity he’s showing is great to see,” said Karthik in the post-match presentation ceremony. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPrior to Sunday’s game, Russell had expressed his displeasure towards the decision-making in the team. Russell had said that it’s not the batting that’s been struggling, but the bowling. “We get to totals we should defend,” he had said at the press conference before the game. He had spoken about how he had talked to the coach about his batting order, and about how, despite being among the runs, he had not left the room in days because he was not feeling good about the losses. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHowever, batting first on Sunday, KKR amassed 232-2 riding on the back of half-centuries from their top order, after which their bowlers restricted the visitors to 198-7. The win ended KKR’s six-match losing streak in IPL 2019, and also brought to an end MI’s streak of eight consecutive wins against them. “I think at the end of the day you should make sure your process is right. It might sound cliche but it’s a high pressure sport. You gotta make sure everybody is in great space as it’s such a high octane tournament,” said Karthik.last_img

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