Heart-rate was high but didn’t stop believing: PBKS captain KL Rahul
Punjab Kings can take pride in the fact that they batted extremely well against Rajasthan Royals in their opening encounter. However, they should improve a lot in terms of the bowling department as they were easily taken to cleaners in the run-fest.
They could have lost the match but pulled it off in the end. Punjab Kings won the game by 4 runs at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Despite all tensions, PBKS captain KL Rahul thinks that he didn’t stop believing in his team and knew that a couple of wickets would bring them back on track.
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson scored a 63-ball 119 and almost took the game away from the Punjab side. With 5 runs required off the last 2 balls, the skipper denied a single on the penultimate delivery and he also refused a single and sent his partner Chris Morris back to the non-striker’s end.
Meanwhile, Sanju failed to clear the fielder at deep extra cover as Deepak Hooda took a catch off Arshdeep’s bowling. “Heart rate was high, but I didn’t stop believing. We knew a couple of wickets would bring us back. Till the first 10-11 overs, we bowled well. It was close because we dropped a few sitters, including me. As a bowling unit, we bowled as we planned,” said KL Rahul at the post-match presentation.
KL Rahul also explained they found it really hard to deal with Sanju Samson as he easily dominated the game. “When you’re bowling against Sanju Samson in that hitting form, it’s difficult. We weren’t thinking of the last year’s game. It’s a young team, some new boys, the boys are talented and skillful, so we need to back them,” explained KL Rahul.
Deepak Hooda surprised everyone with his 68 off 24 balls. KL Rahul lavished praise on his teammate. “Deepak Hooda’s innings was amazing. That’s the kind of batting we want to see as a team. We want to bat fearlessly and take down bowlers,” said Rahul who top-scored for PBKS with 91 off 50 balls.
Arshdeep who bowled the last over held his nerves and kept Sanju Samson in check. Rahul also praised the young bowler for bowling a crucial over. “I had gone to Arshdeep for crucial overs last year too. He doesn’t mind bowling the pressure overs; he seems to enjoy it. He loves being in the contest. Love throwing him the ball. He’s pretty clear with what he wants to do. He trusts his skills, and that’s good to see.”