COVID-19 that prevents me from reaching six and doing what I do best: Russell

NEW DELHI: Swashbuckling West Indies off-road Andre Russell has admitted that he misses the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) which is currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Russell would have been in the thick of the 2020 season of the IPL at this time had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic forcing the postponement of the T20 league.

It is not a situation someone wants to be in. It's affecting everyone and it's affecting me, keeping me from reaching those six and doing what I do best, Russell said.

He would have been in India right now enjoying the atmosphere and all the good vibes there, but we have to keep ourselves as safe as possible right now, he added.

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The star all-rounder further confessed that he gets the most goosebumps while playing cricket when he is playing in the IPL, even more than playing at home in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

"Let me confess something, IPL is where I get the most goosebumps. 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, said the 32-year-old.

When I go out before facing a ball, the welcome I receive is love, and yes, it pressures me. But it is a good kind of pressure, he added.

Russell made his IPL debut with Delhi Daredevils in 2012. But slim chances and injuries restricted his number of games to a handful for the first two editions.

Before the 2014 edition, he was cornered by KKR . But he could only appear in a couple of games in that season. However, the tide turned forever in 2015 and he saw Russell score 326 runs at a staggering 192 hit rate. He also starred in the ball and collected 14 wickets.

The 2016 edition saw him perform predominantly with the ball as he picked 15 wickets besides scoring 188 runs. KKR made it to the play-offs but failed to make it to the finale.

After serving a one-year ban, the entire West Indies team finished with 13 wickets and over 300 runs in the 2018 season. In the last season, Russell scored a total of 510 runs in addition to collecting 11 wickets.

In total, Russell has so far played 64 IPL matches in which he has scored 1,400 runs and picked up 55 wickets.