Former India pacer Ashish Nehra opined that the inconsistency in the playing eleven and lack of faith in the players remains a big issue for the Punjab Kings side going into the second half of the IPL 2021, starting on September 19 in the UAE.
Despite the excellent form of the skipper himself, the KL Rahul-led outfit had a middling first half of the season when they managed 3 wins and 5 losses.
Ashish Nehra observed that the Anil Kumble-led management made constant changes to their eleven, feeding instability in the batting order, and didn’t place trust in the bowlers.
“As it is, IPL is unpredictable. And here, we are talking about Punjab Kings. On their day, they can chase down 200, while on other days they can fold up for 140 even on a good batting surface. Also, I feel PBKS keep chopping and changing a lot. They haven’t backed their players enough. They keep changing their players after one or two matches. This is definitely an issue with PBKS and needs to stop,” Ashish Nehra told Cricbuzz.
If PBKS back Adil Rashid, he should do the job for them: Ashish Nehra
Punjab have roped in England spinner Adil Rashid for the remainder of the season as a replacement for Jhye Richardson who has pulled out of the tournament. Rashid, the 2019 World Cup winner, is one of the finest wrist-spinners in white-ball cricket.
However, Ashish Nehra reckoned he might struggle early on as this is his maiden IPL season. He would come good though, the seamer added, if the Punjab management give their backing to him.
“Adil Rashid is an experienced bowler. Leg-spinners and wrist -pinners have been making quite a big impact in recent years, so Rashid is a good pick. But this is his first IPL, so if he struggles in the first couple of games, it will be important for PBKS to retain their faith in him. If PBKS back Rashid, he should do the job for them,” the former pacer stated.
With 6 points in their account, Punjab sit at the sixth position in the points table. They will resume their campaign when they will meet the Rajasthan Royals on September 21 in Dubai.