KL Rahul led-Kings XI Punjab scripted a nail-biting victory over Mumbai Indians in Dubai after two super overs following their convincing win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. KL Rahul led from the front with a stroke-filled 77 off 50 deliveries in pursuit of 177. After going past 500 runs in IPL 2020, the 28-year old has made a unique record.
KL Rahul became the first batsman to score more than 500 runs in three consecutive seasons. The right-handed batsman, who has 525 runs currently and holds the Orange Cap, boasted of 659 and 593 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The Karanataka batsman mustered his fifth fifty of the 2020 edition along with a hundred, lifting his average to a daunting 75 in nine games.
The victory against Mumbai Indians made KXIP surge to the sixth position in the points table and helped them stay alive in the race. The 28-year old has 1777 runs since 2018, which is the most number of runs since that period, alongside 19 fifties. The second on the list is Shikhar Dhawan with 1377 runs followed by David Warner with 1023 despite missing out on the 2018 edition.
“It is important that senior players win the games for the team” : KL Rahul
KL Rahul acknowledged the importance of senior players stepping up to the task and win games for their side. The skipper conceded that they are only taking one match at a time and not thinking too far ahead, admitting that such victories are sweet as the team has been through a lot. He added that the side should be careful not to evade from the processes in the heat of needing to win everything from here.
“It is important that senior players win the games for the team. [The momentum be shifting towards them with back to back wins] But we still want to take it one game at a time. It is sweet after the kind of matches we have lost but the talk in the dressing room is to focus on the process. We know we need to win everything from here, but we can’t forget the processes that lead to a win,” he stated in the post-match presentation.