Debut was not up to par: Russell

DD all-rounder speaks to following his first IPL match

By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 10 May 2012
Andre Russell, the 24-year-old Jamaican cricketer, had a mixed IPL debut when his Delhi Daredevils took on the Deccan Chargers. Although DD, riding on a sparkling century from David Warner, cruised to a nine-wicket win while chasing 187, Russell’s bowling figures of 4-0-39-0 left him feeling disappointed. caught up the debutant at the end of the match to gauge his views on his performance and the Daredevils’ latest victory.

You conceded 187 on this wicket. What was the talk at the halfway stage in the changing room?

It was a good batting wicket; a good batting track. We got back in the dressing room. We were confident. We had the firepower. So we decided to go out there, back ourselves and get the job done.

David Warner batted brilliantly, but young Naman Ojha, who was sent out at No.3, grabbed the opportunity with both hands. What did you make of his innings?

I’m very happy for him. He is a very hardworking guy. Not one day has he said that he will stay back and have a rest day at the hotel. I really admire that about him. It showed that the hard work that he put in [has] paid off.

DD also made a couple of changes in the team for this game and yet pulled off such an impressive win. You must be happy with the depth in the side?

Yes. Every guy in the team has a role to play and can get the job done. We back each other and have confidence in each other.

How do you rate your IPL debut?

It didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, because I was looking forward to getting a few wickets and to go for about 10 runs less. But it’s a game of cricket; I bowled some good balls and it went to the boundary. That’s the way it goes.

You flew in from the Caribbean after the ODI series against Australia and played your first game today. Did you find your rhythm while bowling?

I’ve been here from the start of the IPL, but didn’t get a chance. I got a chance today. I’m happy for it and I look forward to winning more games.

You have a couple of half-centuries in ODI cricket, including a highest score of 92* against India. Do you consider yourself to be an all-rounder in the Daredevils squad?

Yes. It all depends on how the team needs me. If they need me in the top four or five batsmen, I can go and get the job done. And in the bowling department, I can get a few wickets and bowl a tight line. Even in the field, I can get the job done.
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