Not for the first time in IPL 2019, Andre Russell pulled off an incredible win for Kolkata Knight Riders. His 48 not out off only 13 balls included seven sixes, and took his season tally to 207 runs off 77 balls. It was another performance that left many awestruck on social media.
Brian Lara came up with his West Indies XI for the 2019 World Cup.
And there was praise from other West Indies players, past and present.
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Just have to salute you Boss @ar12russell it's just great to see a Caribbean brother dominating the world stage @iplt20 just like one time it was the @chrisgayle333 @sunilnarine24 @kieron.pollard55 @djbravo47 we all had our time and even though we're still around and playing it's just a blessing for us all to witness my friend keep up the good work #SuperMan
The rest of the cricketing world also couldn't believe it.
Sheesh! #DreRuss Where can you bowl to him— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 5, 2019
Any asking rate is child's play for Andre Russell . What a victory ! #RCBvsKKR— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 5, 2019
That was unreal from Andre Russell #RCBvKKR— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 5, 2019
Andre Russell is just ridiculous!!!— Sam Billings (@sambillings) April 5, 2019
That was just unbelievable #Andre_Russel !!!— Sandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) April 5, 2019
@Russell12A Hulk..Mr Hulk..Incredible hitting ..!!— Paras Khadka (@paras77) April 5, 2019
Absolute knightmare! #DreRuss— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 5, 2019
That's ridiculous hitting by Dre Russ— Chris Morris (@Tipo_Morris) April 5, 2019
Oh My Word - #DreRuss— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 5, 2019
The only way to stop Dre Russ... is to not let him bat?
Cricketers and experts will not agree and this will never happen but in this format where each ball matters it may be a better idea to drop the catch of the previous batsmen and ensure guys like Russell/Hardik bat minimal balls as possible. Damage will not be the same.#innovation— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 5, 2019
The only way teams can stop Andre Russell is ensuring they don't dismiss the 5 batsmen before him. Once it's 3-down, let the catches fall short, miss the run outs and hope and pray you keep missing the stumps when the batsman swings & misses. #RCBvKKR #IPL— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) April 5, 2019
The KKR camp was thrilled.
! He Is Special, bud!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 5, 2019
A bat with special powers?