Pakistan needed Sammy far more than it did Cameron
A man of quiet grace and dignity, the former Windies captain did the right thing in refusing to receive a medal from the CWI president
Andre Russell's biggest moment in international cricket came at Antigua against India in June 2011, when he walked in at No.9 to blast an unbeaten 92 in just 64 deliveries, helping a down-and-out West Indies side to 225. He then claimed a wicket in India's chase, although the visitors were eventual victors. The fast-bowling all-rounder made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle late in 2010, claiming the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan off his very second delivery. Russell’s comparatively young international career hasn’t been a smooth ride, with a large proportion of his matches coming against the reigning World Champions India. However, he has acquitted himself brilliantly against the strong opponents, while batting and bowling. Apart from his highest score of 92*, his best bowling figures of 4/35 also came against India. He is also prolific in domestic Twenty20s with his big-hitting, quick scoring and ability to pick up useful wickets. His exploits against the country that hosts the IPL didn’t go unnoticed, and he walked away with a US$ 450,000 contract with the Delhi Daredevils at the IPL auctions of 2012.