Looking for a big opportunity, says Andre Russell

Andre Russell made his ODI debut in the last World Cup in the sub-continent, got the break to play international cricket when he was picked in the West Indian eleven in the Galle Test against hosts Sri Lanka in November, 2010 AFP

Mumbai: Apr 14, 2012

Since making his first-class debut for Jamaica a little more than five years ago, Andre Russell has played in only one Test match for the West Indies, but the all-rounder is willing to wait for that second chance.

“At the moment I am focused on one-day and T20 cricket.

Whenever an opportunity comes for me to play Test cricket, I am ready to take it. At the moment I can’t focus on all aspects.

“(But) I have it in the back of my mind to play Test cricket. I am willing to wait for the opportunity,” said the 23-year-old Delhi Daredevils player ahead of his team’s IPL encounter against Mumbai Indians on April 16.

Russell, who made his one-day debut in the last World Cup in the sub-continent, got the break to play international cricket when he was picked in the West Indian eleven in the Galle Test against hosts Sri Lanka in November, 2010 which ended in a draw and saw his teammate Chris Gayle notch up 333.

The player, who considers himself a bowling all rounder, has not played another Test since then, though he has represented the West Indies in 21 ODIs and 5 T20 games.

The IPL, being a T20 event, is being targeted by the West Indian player to get some experience for the World T20, to be held in Sri Lanka later this year.

“The World (T20) Cup is around the corner. Just looking to get as much experience as I can of these conditions and get some performance under my belt to improve my confidence.”

About his experience with the Daredevils, Russell said he was willing to wait for his chance to play.

“It’s been a very good experience although I have not played. I am looking forward for a a big opportunity. Whenever an opportunity comes, I will take it with both hands,” he said.

Asked whether he has had any chance to meet up with countryman and sprint great Usain Bolt, Russell said it had not happened on a regular basis but the two were friends.

“We are both from Jamaica. We see each other (but) not (on a) regular basis. We know each other but we don’t meet often and when we meet we talk. More than the meeting, we are in the same environment. We are friends.”

The cricketer was confident that Bolt would defend his Olympic 100m title successfully in the London Games in July-August.

“Most definitely. I am 120 per cent sure of him defending the gold. He’s a very confident guy and I like that. (PTI)