Excited to be part of Abu Dhabi T10: Russell

Abu Dhabi: If there is one cricketer in the world, if you choose the shortest format player for your team, then Andre Russell of the West Indies would be a serious consideration. The versatile all-rounder, who will be a part of the Northern Warriors in the Abu Dhabi T10, is noted for his powerful batting with his swordsmen and lonely opponents.
The 31-year-old has achieved unparalleled success in the T20 format and feels that every cricketer will have to step up his game in T10. “The T10 format is obviously shorter than the T20 and the batsmen have very little time to get on their own. You have to really attack after bowling the ball with the ball. As a bowler and a fielding team, you really have to stick to your game and plan well because you know that batsmen want to land you in every delivery, ”said the Jamaican-born star.
With less time to get accustomed to the playing conditions, the focus is on the batsman from the word go. “The T10 format has put pressure on the batsman to start striking and to be aggressive from ball one. You have to think about where you are looking to attack each bowler and also what field they are setting to work out where they are trying to bowl to you,” said Russell.
Russell believes the T10 format could also be the way forward to take the sport to the Olympics. “It would be brilliant for cricket to become an Olympic sport and I know all players would love the opportunity of representing their country at an Olympic event,” added Russell.
Talking about the Abu Dhabi T10, Russell said he was excited and confident it was going to be bigger and better than last year. “I am sure it will be a box office event. Abu Dhabi is a brilliant place to host the T10. It is a great place to tour as a player with a lot to do away from cricket culturally and the Zayed Sports City Stadium is an excellent stadium with brilliant facilities. Abu Dhabi seems to be attracting a lot of high profile cricket events and I am looking forward to getting over there,” added the West Indian.

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