In­jured Rus­sell look­ing for­ward to World CUP

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KINGSTON, Ja­maica, CMC – Af­ter miss­ing the T20I se­ries In­dia due to in­jury, West Indies all-rounder An­dre Rus­sell says he is work­ing on re­cov­er­ing in time to com­pete in the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Eng­land.

In an in­ter­view with In­dia To­day, Rus­sell said his knees forced him out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I did get ther­apy two months ago and I am feel­ing a lot bet­ter at the mo­ment. I have been busy in the gym, get­ting ready and fit for the World Cup,” Rus­sell said.

“It is a big tour­na­ment, in fact the big­gest mo­ment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is be­ing played, so just mak­ing sure I am fit and ready to go,” Rus­sell added.

The World Cup is sched­uled to be­gin from May 30, and will be pre­ceded by the In­dian Premier League (IPL) from March 29 to May 19.

Rus­sell said the T20 league will serve as an ideal prac­tice for many go­ing into such a big tour­na­ment.

“It (the IPL) is go­ing to be a big tour­na­ment run­ning up to the World Cup and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” he said. “You are go­ing to go and play cricket for two months and on your day off, you can lie in bed all day. The IPL is just be­fore the World Cup, so you have to do ev­ery­thing to stay fit phys­i­cally and in good con­di­tion and af­ter the IPL will be the most im­por­tant thing. (I) Want to get wick­ets and get con­fi­dence go­ing into the World Cup,” he added. Re­gard­ing his time in the IPL, where he plays for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) un­der Di­nesh Karthik, Rus­sell said he is look­ing for­ward to play­ing with his cap­tain again.

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