Ashwin reveals why Gayle did not field against Mumbai Indians
Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin said the team’s in-form Universe Boss Chris Gayle “twisted his back” during the game against Mumbai Indians. Kings XI Punjab lost the match by 3 wickets. Credit to a match-winning performance by Kieron Pollard for his 31-ball 83 run-knock which helped Mumbai Indians get over the line.
“He (Gayle) said he twisted his back. We have to go check and how he is,” Ashwin said after the match.
The destructive batsman who smashed 36-ball 63 did not field against Mumbai Indians. KXIP coach Sridharan Sriram said that Gayle needs to be accessed over the next few days to get the next update about his condition.
“He felt a twitch in the back – that’s what he said. We need to assess and monitor what he’s going to do over the next couple of days,” he said.
One more setback for Punjab besides Gayle’s condition
In yet another setback for Punjab, medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot, who was belted for 52 runs in his four overs claiming one wicket, pikced up a niggle, confirmed by Ashwin.
“He (Ankit Rajpoot) injured his finger in the first over. It was a big bonus that we got three overs from him in the powerplay. We were a bit up and down with our fielding and catching,” Ashwin said evaluating the team’s performance after 7 matches (4 wins, 3 defeats).
“Probably if we would have been sharper, we would have ended up on the right side. I think it was a defendable total. It was just about par. It is a hard defending ground,” Ashwin added.
Ravi Ashwin reckons that the team lost the drive after a great start as Pollard took the game away from them.
“We were about 10s for 10-12 overs and then we lost a little momentum while batting which I feel was crucial for us. I thought we pretty good as a bowling unit in bits and pieces,” he reflected.
“At the end of the day Pollard batted beautifully and took the game away from us…We could have been a little more steelier and smarter with our plans,” he said.