IPL 2020: Rahul blames ‘short-run’ controversy for their woes
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain KL Rahul has blamed ‘short-run’ controversy which they faced in their first match of the season against Delhi Capitals (DC) on September 20.
Rahul recalled the incident after they failed to qualify for the play-off stage losing to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their last match of ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). They lost by a huge margin of 9 wickets yesterday (November 1) in Abu Dhabi.
Umpire Nitish Menon made a big mistake in KXIP’s first match against DC as he called out Chris Jordan mistakenly for a short run on the third ball of the 19th over bowled by Kagiso Rabada. For that reason, only 1 run was added to Mayank Agarwal’s score and the match was tied at the end. And in the Super Over, KXIP lost the match as well as 2 crucial points.
However, the reply showed that Jordan placed his bat in the crease and it was a fair running by him. So, after the match the incident made huge controversy.
Speaking after the loss against CSK, Rahul remembered the incident and showed his frustration.
“It is disappointing. We had a lot of games in our pockets and we couldn’t get over the line and we only have ourselves to blame. That short run game too (against Delhi Capitals on September 20), looks like it has come back to bite us,”
Then he blamed his side batting and said that they’d not been up to the mark in the match. “It is as simple as that. We didn’t bat really well. Big pressure game, we expected 180-190. We couldn’t soak in the pressure. We didn’t have the results going our way in the first half,” Rahul said.