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IPL 2018: Doping ban made me humble, says Andre Russell

PTI | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 10:51 PM IST

Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)'s batsman Andre Russell looks on after hits a six during the IPL_2018 cricket match against CSK at MAC Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar   (PTI4_10_2018_000208B) *** Local Caption *** |
Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)'s batsman Andre Russell looks on after hits a six during the IPL_2018 cricket match against CSK at MAC Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar (PTI4_10_2018_000208B) *** Local Caption *** |
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Chennai: Arrogance can bring about a downfall for even the best in the business and Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell has learnt it the hard way after serving a year-long ban for violation of WADA’s anti-doping whereabouts clause. One of the most sought after T20 freelancer missed out on playing PSL and IPL last year before making a comeback for Jamaica in the 50-over tournament.

He did play a few games in PSL before sustaining an injury only to get fit in time for the IPL. “I think this one year I lost has made me a different person,” Russell, who hit 11 sixes in his 36-ball-88 for KKR said after his team’s five-wicket defeat against CSK. “I have learnt how to be humble. I need to make sure that you stay on top of what you are doing as a professional and yet be humble. I just want to ensure that these things don’t happen again,” Russell said.

He has been in good form in the two matches so far. “I think I am confident. My confidence level is very high. Once you have confident in whatever sport you play that’s all you need, that self-belief. But I think, I am in good condition. I wouldn’t say that I am 100 percent fit. I am happy that I am hitting well and bowling with pace. So I know in a few more games, I will be where I want to be,” he added.

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Published on: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12:04 PM IST