West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell ruled out of PSL
West Indian Andre Russell has been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League. Russell, who represents Islamabad United, got injured in the very first over of the match against Karachi Kings. He suffered a partial tear in his right hamstring while fielding at long off. This was Andre Russell's first tournament since he was banned for doping violations.
Big blow for Russell's IPL preparations
Andre Russell will be gutted following the injury as he had just made a return to the game after serving a year long ban. In this edition, Andre picked up four wickets in three innings for Islamabad United. With the Indian Premier League next, Russell's injury comes at an unfortunate time. He will certainly miss preparing for the coveted T20 League.
Issues for KKR
KKR will be closely monitoring Russell's hamstring injury. Although he is likely to participate for the side, his fitness will be a major issue. They are already sweating over Australian Chris Lynn, who is suffering from a dislocated shoulder.
What does Russell bring to the KKR side?
When the 'Riders of the eastern storm' comes calling, match-winner Russell is a big name in the set-up. KKR have a thin squad and with no notable bench strength. Russell, who was retained, is their go to man with his special all-round attributes and flamboyancy.