Kolkata: If he’s not scoring, he’s making the difference with his bowling and fielding and Kolkata Knight Riders star West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell says it’s the team’s calming reassurance that brings the best out of him.

KKR’s Andre Russell celebrates a Punjab wicket on Wednesday

Needing 11 runs to defend in the last over, Man of the Match Russell (4-20) claimed a wicket and ran out Axar Patel, who was looking to spoil KKR’s homecoming with a seven-ball 21 that included two sixes against the Jamaican, to seal a close seven-run win.

“I think being comfortable knowing that I would play the next game, gives me a big confidence in terms of going forward. It boosts me a lot more,” Russell said after their win that dislodged Gujarat Lions atop the table on net run rate.

“If I was in a situation where I have to do well to play the next game, maybe I would worry about my game and would not perform the way I do.”

Less than a day after joinin the team after a long flight, the West Indies World T20 winner had given it a winning start in the ongoing IPL when his 3-24 set up a nine-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils who were skittled out for 98. “As a cricketer, I want to leave behind a legacy, set standards as high as possible.”