ILT20: ‘His bowling is always underestimated’ Virender Sehwag hails ‘phenomenal’ Andre Russell

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag praised West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell ahead of International League T20.

The Inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) in the UAE is set to start on January 13 in Dubai.

The six-team tournament is expected to feature 34 matches, with each side playing the others twice before four playoff matches. Featuring Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag praised West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell, calling his skill set “phenomenal” and marking him out as one of the players to watch out in the inaugural season of the International League T20 (ILT20).

Speaking exclusively to Zee Network, Sehwag focused on Russell while discussing the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders squad, adding that his bowling skills could also come in handy for the side during the season.

“Andre Russell’s ability to bat well is phenomenal and it will be great for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders if he comes up the order. If he gets enough balls to bat, then you don’t need anyone else to bat. He will finish the game himself.

“We have witnessed it in the past that he has won matches from difficult situations. His bowling is always underestimated, but he bowls the best in death overs,” he said 

As for the Sharjah Warriors squad, Sehwag’s focus fell on spin-bowling English all-rounder Moeen Ali.

“One benefit of Moeen Ali is that he is an all-rounder. A left-hand player who bats anywhere from 1 down to 6 down and can bowl well. He also has captained the England national team, is a World Cup winner, so he has the mindset to read the games. He is a brilliant addition to Sharjah Warriors,” added the Indian batting icon.

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