Rapid with the ball, destructive with the bat and electric in the field, Andre Russell is the embodiment of a box office modern cricketer. At both international and franchise level, Russell has been an eye-catching presence in the white ball arena and not just because of his trademark mohawk hairstyle.
Russell is one of the most decorated players in T20 history, thanks to a purple patch in 2015-16 that saw him play a part in triumphant campaigns in the Bangladesh Premier League, the Big Bash League, the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League, not to mention West Indies’ World T20 victory in India. He was around for his nation’s first triumph in that competition, back in 2012 and has since added the 2018 PSL to his collection of medals as well.
Of players to have played 100 T20 matches, no-one has a higher strike rate with the bat than Russell’s 166. He is particularly lethal during the death overs, striking at 185 with every fourth ball he faces going for either four or six. The 2018 IPL saw him play a succession of blistering innings in the middle order and only two players could boast a higher boundary percentage than Russell’s 28%.
Those numbers alone would make for a handy addition to any side, but Russell can be as effective with the ball as with the bat. He has the ability to crank up his pace to in excess of 90mph and can bowl a hostile bouncer; just under half of his deliveries in T20 cricket have been bouncer length.
Russell’s flirtation with the longest form of the game was brief; a solitary Test against Sri Lanka in 2010 that saw him score just two runs and take 1-104 with the ball. Four months later, he would make his ODI debut for West Indies and begin his transformation into one of the most sought after players on the T20 circuit.