Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Andre Russell: I wanted to look sexy and neglected my knee

Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell says he is paying the price for ignoring knee pain at a younger age.

Russell, who is considered one of the finest Twenty20 cricketer in the world, said: “Those who want to be another Russell should never do what happened to me."

"When I was 23 or 24 I began to get knee pain," he said. "If I had someone tell me: 'Look Russ, you should get your knee stronger by keep doing these simple exercises,' I would have been pain-free from my knees and hopefully I wouldn’t have to have had surgery. Unfortunately, at 23 you are fearless, and I used to ignore that pain and I always gave it a quick fix by taking pain killers and kept running.

"By the time I reached my late twenties I started feeling the pain like I never felt before. The wear and tear began to show up. If I was doing those strengthening exercises like training of the legs and doing the right things, I would have been fitter.”

Russell, who was talking to reporters while in Dubai for the Cricket Sixes tournament at the Sevens Stadium, revealed where he went wrong.

He said, “I want the youngsters to know that guys should not just think about the upper body alone," he explained. "I used to go to gym and just work only on my abs and my shoulders because I wanted to look sexy for the girls. At the end of the day being sexy and then your legs being weak, don’t work. So it is very important to have a complete work out of the body. I could have done more wonders had I worked on my legs too.

"I have been struggling with my knees and I cannot really get to do what I want to do in the middle but still I can stand and hit the balls for fours and sixes.”

The 31-year-old Russell is expected to undergo an injury assessment to determine his level of fitness as the West Indies step up their plans for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Russell was forced to do knee surgery after his campaign at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England ended prematurely in June.

The Jamaican had been struggling with a left knee problem throughout the tournament and missed two of West Indies' six games.

He took five wickets in four matches but only scored 36 runs across three innings.

 

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