Ravi Bishnoi and KL Rahul, Punjab Kings (PBKS), IPL 2021
Ravi Bishnoi and KL Rahul. Image Credits: BCCI

Last Update on: April 24th, 2021 at 10:41 am

Ravi Bishnoi bowled a brilliant spell and Punjab Kings were back to winning ways after a splendid team performance against the Mumbai Indians in match 17 of IPL 2021 in Chennai. It wasn’t an easy pitch for the batsman and Ravi Bishnoi took advantage of the conditions to his liking. He finished with figures of two wickets for 21 runs in his four overs.

This was the first game he played in this season after sitting out in the previous four games and the experts were very surprised to see him on the bench despite his impressive debut season last year. It will be interesting to see if Punjab brings back Murugan Ashwin into the equation again in place of an overseas spinner as he can be very effective too in this pitch.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi[photo: IANS]

KL Rahul Explains Ravi Bishnoi’s Progress:

KL Rahul said that Ravi Bishnoi was unfortunate to miss the first few games and the reason was that he had few things to correct in his bowling and he would not get a better coach than Anil Kumble to help him out. He lauded Bishnoi for being a brave bowler and loop it in the air to invite the batsman for big shots.

“He (Ravi Bishnoi) unfortunately missed the first few games. He has been working really hard with Anil bhai and there were a few things that he needed to correct. He’s been somebody who is brave, that’s very good to see for a spinner,” said KL Rahul

Ishan Kishan, Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi [Image-IPL20]

“It Was Our First Night Game Here” –  KL Rahul

KL Rahul explained about having a long chat with his coach before opting to bat second and it was indeed an important decision on the pitch. He added that his bowling department was under pressure throughout as it wasn’t easy to bowl on the pitch. It was the first game for Punjab on the pitch while Mumbai had played four games on it already.

“Me and coach had a long chat about batting second. I felt that the wicket was sticky and the first few games, we batted first, and I felt like the bowlers were always under pressure, and it is important that they bowl on a wicket like this early. We had heard there’s a lot of dew at night.”

“It was our first night game here. First game we played here was in afternoon, so we didn’t really know how much dew, but watching games from Mumbai, we knew there’s going to be a lot of dew.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Credits: Twitter)

KL Rahul’s fifty helped Punjab overcome Mumbai comfortably and has risen to the fifth spot in the points table.