Following a nine-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Friday, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul mentioned that his facet is slowly coming collectively as a crew.
The Punjab outfit, led by Rahul’s 60* and Chris Gayle‘s 43* from 35 deliveries, chased down a modest 131-run whole to register their second win of the season. Rahul additionally showered reward on the recent faces of the crew — Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi — and hoped that the crew retains climbing with each sport.
“We do not wish to get too forward of ourselves. Slowly we’re coming collectively as a crew. We are nonetheless a younger crew. Every yr we keep bringing in newer guys. It’s necessary to be affected person. The guys we’ve got backed and given alternatives are slowly coming by.
“Hooda has been playing really well, Shahrukh got an opportunity and he’s been batting really well, Bishnoi came in this game and the way he bowled was brilliant. Fingers crossed, hopefully, we can keep climbing and keep getting two points every game,” mentioned Rahul in the post-match presentation.
Rahul, who notched up his twenty fourth IPL fifty, was instrumental in Punjab’s win on a tough Chepauk wicket. Rahul and Mayank added a fifty-run opening stand earlier than the latter was dismissed by Rahul Chahar. Gayle, nevertheless, teamed up along with his skipper as the 2 steered Punjab previous the ending line.
“I felt that the wicket was sticky. I felt that the bowlers all the time had been underneath stress, it was necessary that they bowled on a wicket like this early. We had heard that there was a whole lot of dew right here.
“I felt like that could play a part. The drier ball started to grip, when it turns and bounces like that, it gets really hard. It was good of Chris that he got through that period. He was always confident that he could make it up. He knew whom to target. That’s what you get with Chris, not just destructive batting but also experience of so many years playing T20 cricket,” Rahul, who was adjudged Player of the Match, additional mentioned.
The PBKS skipper was in awe of 20-year-old Bishnoi, who grabbed two wickets in his 4 overs and conceded simply 21 runs. He was the highest decide amongst Punjab bowlers together with Mohammed Shami (2/21).
I’m certain it provides him (Bishnoi) a whole lot of confidence. He, sadly, missed the primary few video games, he is been working actually arduous with Anil bhai. There had been a number of issues he wanted to right and he is been any person who’s courageous, that is superb to see. He held his composure and bowled very well. When I do know what goal I’m chasing, it will get barely simpler to tempo the innings. Really proud of the way in which I completed the sport and that is an important factor,” he concluded.