All-rounder Andre Russell has come out and said that he is extremely pleased having substantially contributed to West Indies's win over Bangladesh in the first T20 International at St. Kitts. Russell firstly bowled a very miserly spell of 1/27 in 4 overs to help restrict Bangladesh to only 143/9 in their 20 overs and then, in a rain-curtailed run chase innings, he smashed a 21-ball 35, that was glittered with 3 sixes and 3 fours, to take his team home.
Russell, who was later awarded the man of the match award for his excellent exploits in the game, was quoted saying, “We lost the ODI series (2-1), but we wanted to put back some pride in our game, try and win the series 3-0 and that is the plan. It was a good knock from myself, and well played to Marlon as well. Overall, it was a good win,”
“Been a while since I have played the night-watchman role", he joked and added, "It is good, it is good, it is more time, more responsibility and I am enjoying it so far. I have always wanted to open in T20s, now I am getting closer, which is No.3, And you never know, second over of the innings you are out there. It is always a challenge to face the new ball and I am up for it.”
Russell soon wants to gain 100 percent match-fitness and start, not only winning games, but do "Superman stuff" for West Indies.
He concluded, “I will not say I am a 100, because when you are a 100, you can do whatever, do some Superman stuff and dive around. I am a bit … I am at 95. I am not a 100 percent confident in running and diving around, but I am happy enough to be playing. That's the plan,”
(Inputs from ICC)