West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the remaining games of the ICC Cricket World Cup due to a knee injury. Opening batsman Sunil Ambris, who smashed a big hundred for West Indies while playing in Ireland Tri-series last month, has been named as a replacement for injured Russell.
Russell has gone through a tough time in the past couple of years due to his knee injuries. He was seen hobbling after bowling his first spell against Pakistan in the game played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. He was not played one-day cricket Since 2015 Cricket World Cup played in New Zealand and Australia.
He again struggled to bowl full quota of overs against Australia. Russell was used sparingly in the games played against England and Bangladesh. He was sidelined due to his knee problem against New Zealand in Manchester. He was replaced by Carlos Brathwaite, who smashed a scintillating maiden ton to nearly pull off an improbable win over New Zealand.
Experienced players like Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo should have been considered as a like-for-like replacement for Andre Russell. The selection committee decided to go with Sunil Ambris, who topped the batting charts for West Indies during Ireland Tri-series featuring Ireland and Bangladesh. He scored 278 runs in 4 matches at an average of 92.66.
West Indies have plenty of concerns as Evin Lewis also injured his hamstring and could only 8 runs in the game played against New Zealand in Manchester. The side led by Jason Holder has so far won only three games out of six games played in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. The Calypso Kings will take on India at Old Trafford on 27th June.
Russell has been a big disappointment with the bat in this World Cup and failed to make impact for West Indies in the later stages of the innings. His bowling looked decent in patches and failed to bowl his full quota of overs due to knee issue.