Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell uncovered his motivation behind hitting those monstrous sixes. He thanked Chris Gayle helped for his advise. Russell, in a discussion with Shakib Al Hasan and Venkatesh Iyer, additionally said that he practices to hit those large sixes when it is important.
“I would like to do 20 to 30 pushups every day, just to keep my body strength going. Because hitting those sixes, 100 meters or more, I might do it for a couple of times a year, but hitting those sixes consistently, it takes consistent work.”
“At the point of contact, most of the time, I try to make sure that everything goes to the ball. Some guys, they look to time the ball. They keep their shape, and they want the ball to go over the ropes. I want to hit the ball so hard that they end up getting a new ball,” Russell said.
“I learned a lot from Chris Gayle. He said that I am afraid of getting out on the boundary, so I rather hit the ball over the boundary, like far back, make sure it’s a six,” Russell added.
Russell likewise said that his technique of hitting sixes is a to put pressure on the bowling side.
KKR took on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
RCB posted just 138/7 in 20 overs against KKR in the eliminator as they were humbled by Sunil Narine who took 4 wickets. KKR chased the total with 2 balls to spare and made it to the second qualifier for the IPL 2021. They will play Delhi Capitals tomorrow at Sharjah.