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Russell gears up for World Cup with IPL milestone

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell became only the second player to hit 50 sixes in an Indian Premier League (IPL) season, matching the achievement of compatriot Chris Gayle, in Kolkata Knight Riders’ 34-run win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

A day before his 31st birthday, Russell smashed eight sixes and six boundaries in his unbeaten 40-ball 80 to help fifth-placed Kolkata snap a six-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.Gayle smashed 59 sixes in the 2012 season before hitting 51 the following year while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Russell listed the attributes that have left him with a chance of bettering those figures.

“Eye and hand coordination. Balance and then good bat speed as well. I generate a lot power from the shoulders and then the core. So everything goes together,” man-of-the-match Russell said during the post-match presentation ceremony.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

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