Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul was delighted with his match-winning 60-run knock as PBKS managed to break their three-match losing streak with a nine-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Friday. Rahul said that Punjab Kings have backed young players like Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda and Shahrukh Khan and these guys have been performing well as PBKS are slowly coming together as a team.
Earlier, Deepak Hooda was economical with 1 for 15 in 3 overs, while Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi had the joint-best figures of 2 for 21 as PBKS came up with a spirited bowling performance to restrict MI to 131 for 9. Chasing a modest target of 132, Punjab Kings completed the task with 14 balls to spare. Rahul scored an unbeaten 60 and veteran Chris Gayle remained not out on 43 for the victors.
“We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. Slowly we are coming together as a team. We are still a young team. Every year we keep bringing in newer guys. It’s important to be patient. The guys we have backed and given opportunities are slowly coming through. Hooda has been playing really well, Sharukh got an opportunity and he’s been batting really well, Bishnoi came in this game and the way he bowled was brilliant,” KL Rahul said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
‘Really happy with the way I finished the game’
Rahul further said that he hoped Punjab Kings can keep winning matches, getting two points every game to climb the Indian Premier League 2021 points table. Rahul was also full of praises for the destructive and experienced Chris Gayle as the T20 superstar starred in Punjab’s convincing win.
“Fingers crossed, hopefully, we can keep climbing and keep getting two points every game. The main coach did have a little of a long chat about batting second. I felt that the wicket was sticky. I felt that the bowlers always were under pressure, it was important that they bowled on a wicket like this early,” Rahul added.
“We had heard that there was a lot of dew here. I felt like that could play a part. The drier ball started to grip, when it turns and bounces like that, it gets really hard. It was good of Chris that he got through that period. He was always confident that he could make it up. He knew whom to target. That’s what you get with Chris, not just destructive batting but also experience of so many years playing T20 cricket.
” I am sure it gives him (Bishnoi) a lot of confidence. He, unfortunately, missed the first few games, he’s been working really hard with Anil Bhai. There were a few things he needed to correct and he’s been somebody who’s brave, that’s very good to see. He held his composure and bowled really well. When I know what target I am chasing, it gets slightly easier to pace the innings. Really happy with the way I finished the game and that’s the most important thing,” Rahul further said.