Get the most goosebumps at IPL, unmatched by the Eden crowd: Andre Russell

KOLKATA: Calcutta Knight Riders (KKR) and the West Indies off-road Andre Russell said he gets most of the goosebumps while playing cricket when he's playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Russell would have been at the core of the 2020 season of IPL at this time it would not have been for the coronavirus pandemic that forced the postponement of the T20 league.

Let me confess something. IPL is where I get the most goosebumps when I am playing cricket. I get that in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) as well, but when it comes to playing in the IPL, especially at Eden Gardens There is no comparison to that crowd, Russell said in an interview published on the KKR official website.

When I go out before facing a ball, I get goosebumps from the welcome I receive. That is pure love, and yes, it presses me, but it is a good type of pressure.

When Kolkata needs 12 or 13 runs per shift, with only 5 over to go, I love those moments, and the crowd really allows me to do what I have to do. I have a feeling they are saying, 'Listen, we stand behind you, so go out and do your business.

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If everyone was sad, and there was no noise, no entry, that might make me feel more pressure. But I know that even if I miss two games in a row, when I hit the bat for the third game, it's the same deafening reaction that I'll get from the crowd. It is always a cozy thing.

The 32-year-old Jamaican said that whenever his time with KKR ends, he would like to have an emotional farewell at the Eden Gardens.

Like players in major (soccer) leagues like the English Premier League, or basketball (NBA) boys who retire from the sport say 'okay, this is my last game' and wave goodbye to the crowd . I imagine I would love to be at KKR until that point in my career, Russell said.

I'd say, 'Listen, Shah Rukh (KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan), all the KKR staff, everyone. This will be my last IPL and the last home game playing in Kolkata.' It would be such an emotional moment.

Sometimes I watch videos and I see soccer players crying and I wonder if I would really cry, but that's the special thing about playing in a club for so long and being so attached, he said.

Russell also said he hopes KKR can win a third title this season.

You know someday you're going to go out. I've been at KKR for six seasons now and I enjoy every bit - getting the MVP award and all is good, but I want more. I really need that cup as well , and I am really hoping that we can have the IPL this year, so we can become the champions, he said.