KKR could have won more titles with Russell: Gautam GambhirLast updated on Apr 18, 2020, 03:23 pm
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes Kolkata Knight Riders would have clinched a couple of more IPL titles, had they acquired Andre Russell a few seasons earlier.
The West Indian all-rounder, who has been the most fearsome batsman of late, proved to be a vital cog for KKR last season.
Besides, KKR have won two IPL titles so far in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
I wish Russell was there under my tenure, says Gambhir
"Imagine Russell going for Rs. 50 lakhs to KKR and Pawan Negi for Rs. 8 crores to DC. I probably wished that Russell would have been there for seven years when I was playing, we would have certainly won one or two more," Gambhir said.
Russell made his IPL debut 2012
Russell made his IPL debut with Delhi Daredevils in 2012.
He played a handful number of matches in the first two editions due to injuries.
KKR drafted him in 2014, however, his breakthrough season came a year later.
In 2015, he Russell racked up 326 runs and claimed 14 scalps in 13 matches.
He replicated his run in the following season as well.
Russell was banned from competitive cricket in 2017
In 2017, the swashbuckling all-rounder was banned from competitive cricket for violating a whereabouts clause violation, by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston.
His ban took effect from January 31, 2017 and lasted until January 30, 2018.
However, Russell made a blistering comeback in the 2018 IPL season, having scored 316 runs in 16 matches.
He also scalped 13 wickets in as many matches.
Russell hogged the limelight in 2019
The 2019 edition saw Russell break the shackles.
He contributed in KKR's terrific victories more than ever by smashing every possible bowler all around the park.
Russell played the role of a rescuer too, having stolen quite a few victories from jaws of defeat.
Overall, he hammered 510 runs and snapped up 11 wickets in 14 matches, including a record 52 sixes.