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“He Rips The Game Away From You…Magnificent”: Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn Praise Andre Russell as One of the Greatest Players in IPL History

<p>The All-time Greatest XI has been a hotly contested issue leading up to the much awaited 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL). Some of the best cricket players that have ever played the game have participated in the competition, and the all-rounder position has been a major theme in this.</p>
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<p>With contributions from over 25 cricket experts, 16 lakh fans, and 70 journalists who would vote to help assemble the superteam, the squad consisted of 11 players, 4 impact replacements, and 1 coach.</p>
<p>The opinions of former cricket greats including Wasim Akram, Dale Steyn, Matthew Hayden, and Tom Moody about the best IPL team ever selected were discussed, illuminating the crucial role that explosive all-rounders have had in determining the history of the IPL.</p>
<p>Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram named Andre Russell and Ravindra Jadeja as the two all-rounders who would comprise the all-time best Indian Premier League team, exclusively speaking to Star Sports.</p>
<p>“I’ll go with Russell because he’s simply a huge hitter. Jadeja, on the other hand, is a great fielder and spin option who can bat effectively at number six or seven. However, it’s crucial to have a player at number seven who can consistently smash well and big.</p>
<p>Russell’s ability to strike with power was cited by Akram as the main justification for his inclusion in the team. The West Indian was a genuine impact player who could quickly change the course of the match.</p>
<p>“I’ve watched Andre Russell throughout the last six, seven, and eight years, and at number seven, he remains an incredible talent. That is how dangerous he is as a player—he can take the game away from you in two or three overs.</p>
<p>Russell has often shown his abilities with brilliant batting and bowling performances for the KKR. Throughout his IPL career, the dangerous hard-hitter has amassed 2262 runs at a daring strike rate of 174.00.</p>
<p>Actually, former South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn chose the same two players to be his choices for the squad’s all-rounders, echoing Akram’s thoughts.</p>
<p>“I have two all-rounders, and I suppose it would be debatable where these two would bat—seven or eight—but I have Russell and Jadeja,” Steyn said.</p>
<p>However, while discussing Russell, Steyn highlighted the explosive speed that the West Indian can provide with the ball and said that this was one of the main arguments for always include someone like Russell in the debate.</p>
<p>Because Andre can bowl at 145 KPH in his peak and when fit, Russell also enters the game and tips another all-round player who might have made the squad. Russell bowls at 145 KPH, thus he becomes my third seamer. Those two people are open for dispute, so I have them.</p>