|DOB||29 April 1988|
The most exciting talent to emerge from the Caribbean in recent times, Andre Russell – a Jamaican all-rounder – was signed by the Delhi franchise at the IPL Player Auction 2012. Russell is a powerful striker of the ball and scored an unbeaten 92 in 2011 to rescue the West Indies from a delicate situation in an ODI against India. He operates as a change bowler, often sticking to a wicket-to-wicket line and using variations to outsmart batsmen. While he can be expensive at times, Russell generally picks up key wickets, is also a very athletic fielder and has a strong throwing arm. After representing DD in seven matches over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Russell was signed in by the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Player Auction 2014. He was thereafter retained by KKR and has established a reputation of being one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball. With his all-round capabilities and experience of playing across the globe, KKR have found a utility player in Russell.