“Powerplay has been one of our huge issues”- Punjab skipper Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin led Kings XI Punjab tasted a crushing defeat of seven wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders last night at their home Mohali in this year’s edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Following this defeat, they are only the second team to be eliminated from the IPL after Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

At the post match interview, Ashwin pointed out the power play failure as their poor performances in most of the matches. He also hinted out at the poor performances from their overseas pacers. Also injuries of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman (shoulder) and Varun Chakravarthy (finger) forced them to miss most of the parts of the tournament which caused Punjab to reach in the IPL playoffs, Ashwin claimed.

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“One of the zones we’ve unquestionably needed is the Powerplays, both with the ball and the bat. A year ago we had an incredible Powerplay batting with Chris (Gayle) and KL (Rahul) however this year we couldn’t get off to extraordinary begins clearly in light of the fact that the weight was on them and they needed to carry out a responsibility. We need to address this going into the following year since we’ve lost most matches on Powerplay fights,” Ashwin said after another defeat against KKR.

“We had a couple of difficulties going into this year from a year ago, we had a couple of choices, we got a couple of individuals (at the auction) and they have harmed. So that is not preferably how we’d like to take a look at it. We unquestionably put our best group we could in the park and we’ve attempted our best and there have been a ton of positives that have left this season,” Ashwin said talking regarding Chakravarthy, who was purchased for Rs 7.6 crores.

Ashwin also talked about the failure of their overseas seamers especially one of their most reliable pacer Andrew Tye. According to him, Tye didn’t have a “very good season”. Last year’s purple cap winner Tye picked up just 3 wickets in five matches with the economy rate of 10.31 averaging 65.33.

“When you have overseas seamers and overseas bowlers, you unquestionably bank on them,” the Kings XI captain said. “It resembles a type of a banking over. However, similar to I stated, Powerplay has been one of our huge issues, most matches we’ve won is through the middle overs or at times at the death where we’ve had some mind blowing exhibitions by (Mohammed) Shami or Sam (Curran).

“Looking back, bowlers experience such stages. AJ (Tye) had a fabulous IPL a year ago but at the same time it’s about batsmen coming after him in various strategies. He’s unquestionably made a decent attempt. It’s not absence of endeavors that he’s not been awesome this year. Be that as it may, I’m certain he will show signs of improvement as a cricketer, he’s a significant shrewd cricketer, he endeavors to give everything on the field. These kind of stages are very normal in a cricket profession however I’m certain he will gain from this,” Ashwin said.

Kings XI Punjab will play their last match in this year’s IPL against Chennai Super Kings at their home Mohali on May 5.

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