Russell in Doubt for Rest of IPL 2020

All-rounder injures knee

Andre Russell celebrates a wicket for West Indies

All-rounder Andre Russell's participation in the remainder of the Kolkata Knight Riders' 2020 Indian Premier League campaign is in doubt.

Russell injured a knee during Saturday's match against the Kings XI Punjab at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The hard-hitting right-hander fell cheaply in Kolkata's innings – and did not bowl during Punjab's pursuit. Kolkata won the match regardless.

Other IPL Absentees and Injuries

The IPL 2020 has been marred by several high-profile absentees. Duo Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh withdrew from the Chennai Super Kings squad before the tournament started.

The Mumbai Indians went into the tournament without fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

The Delhi Capitals recently lost leg-spinner Amit Mishra to injury for the rest of the 2020 IPL.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad had to replace Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who injured an ankle. West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder has since joined the Hyderabad squad. The Sunrisers also lost seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injury.

IPL 2020 in UAE

This year's IPL is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates. It is being played without spectators as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mumbai Indians are the reigning champions. They beat the Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 final. Mumbai have four titles. Chennai have three. The Knight Riders have two an the Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals one each.

The Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab have never won the IPL. Bangalore have reached and lost three finals.

Which Other International Stars are in the IPL?

The tournament attracts talent from around the world, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England.

Rajasthan have four stars from England – fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Tom Curran, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and all-rounder Ben Stokes.

The Capitals have South African fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Rabada is currently the leading wicket-taker in this year's IPL.

Apart from Russell, other West Indians are involved. Punjab have batsmen Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran. Delhi have the big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer, who is enjoying working with head coach Ricky Ponting.

“It has been fun to be around Ricky. A very good guy. He is right now working on my pull shot. He has observed that in last few games, people have been bowling short to me,” said Hetmyer.

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