IPL 2016: Want to bowl at 150 kmph and hit big sixes, says KKR's Andre Russell

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Kolkata, May 5: Describing himself as a "true all-rounder", Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) Andre Russell has revealed that he always aimed to bowl at 150 kilometres per hour and then smash big sixes.

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Last night (May 4) at Eden Gardens, Russell starred for KKR as they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 7 runs. (We bowled like champions: Russell)

Andre Russell bowls against Delhi Daredevils during IPL 2016, on April 30, in New Delhi

The tall West Indian took 4 wickets for 20 runs including bowling the match-turning last over on Wednesday night. With 12 required off the final over, Russell held his nerve to concede only 4 runs and took a wicket. He won the Man-of-the-match award.

"It is the first time that I am wearing this purple cap and it feels good on my head. I hope I can keep wearing it with a lot of pride," Russell, who is the joint highest wicket-taker now in IPL 2016 with 13 victims, told IPL's official website.

Mumbai Indians' Mitchell McClenaghan too has same number of wickets but Russell is the Purple Cap holder with a better economy rate.

Known for his big-hitting, Russell said he wanted to bowl fast, at 150 kmph and "hit the ball out of the ground".

"I am a true all-rounder and I aim to bowl at 150 kmph and then hit big sixes. I want to hit the ball out of the ground. You do have a lot of all-rounders who bowl at 130 kmph and mid 130s and can bat but I want to bowl fast.

"At the end of the day, a type of all-rounder like me is just trying to raise the bar as high as possible. I have been watching a lot of all-rounders like Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson. The motive is to be as complete as I can," he added.

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