Indian Premier League: Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul did not play Chris Gayle as a “very tough decision”
Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul has said that not playing “match winner” like Chris Gayle is a “very tough decision” for him. The captain also said that Gayle was getting stronger and stronger day by day and would have to play a “bigger role” in the tournament. “Chris Gayle has been the biggest match-winner in T20 cricket and it is a big decision for us not to play the match-winner like Chris. The way he came back after the lockdown, the way he is batting, He is fading. Rahul said during a conversation with Insideport, “Stronger by the day. He is hitting the ball very well and will play some role in the tournament. “
Punjab has played two matches so far this year in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has seen defeat and victory in the first and second matches respectively.
The Rahul-led team lost in the Super Over against the Delhi Capitals, but made a stunning comeback into the league with a massive 97-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday.
Rahul scored an unbeaten innings of 132 off 69 balls as he helped to reach the mammoth target of 207 for RCB. With this knock, Rahul also achieved the highest individual score by an Indian player in the IPL. Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin took three wickets in the match after RCB were bowled out for 109 runs in the match.
Rahul also commented on the responsibility of a captain in such an intense tournament. He said that this is the kind of responsibility a player “learns on the go”.
“I think it’s that kind of skill or that kind of responsibility that anyone learns, I don’t think there can be a lot of preparation for it. There are few things strategically or strategically any planning Can and only then. We have reached the UAE and once we have met with the coaches and the players. As I said, I am trying to learn on the go and make the best possible decision. I am dressing Trying to create an atmosphere in the room or off – the boys have created a field to play and enjoy the game with full freedom, and there is no pressure on their shoulder, ”he said.
The 28-year-old wicketkeeper batsman also supported the young players in the team, saying that young guns would play a “big role” for KXIP this season.
He said, “The bowling attack looks really good. We have got a good balance of young players and some experienced bowlers like Mohammed Shami, who have been part of the franchise in one-two seasons. They have started really well, and Someone like Sammon. Cottrell who is playing his first IPL but has a lot of international experience, “he said.
“This is what we really wanted in our franchise. It’s a left-arm seamer, which brings in a different skill. We have Chris Jordan, Jimmy Neesham as an all-rounder and Maxwell, a little bit. Can bowl. There is a lot of difference in the team. We have some young players who are really exciting and you will see that they will play a big role for us during the season.