Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has witnessed a lot of cliffhangers this season and on most of the occasions they have ended up on the wrong side of it. And, so for skipper KL Rahul, it was pleasing to see his side scale the crunch moments in what was a barely believable encounter against Mumbai Indians that saw the game go to back-to-back Super Overs.
KL Rahul was once again among the runs during KXIP’s run-chase in the actual match. The skipper, who was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ scored his third consecutive 50 and in the process, he also became the first Indian to notch up 500+ runs in three consecutive seasons.
For KL Rahul, it was all about giving his side a platform on what he termed as a slow wicket. Rahul was dismissed in the 18th over by Jasprit Bumrah and though Jordan and Hooda tried their best, Jordan’s shoddy running on the last ball forced the game to the Super Over.
KL Rahul did not contribute much in the Super Over but his brilliant run-out of Quinton de Kock on the last ball of what was a masterclass in nailing yorkers by Mohammed Shami proved to be the game-changer as the game went into another Super Over, which KXIP eventually won thanks to the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal.
KL Rahul went on to laud Mohammed Shami for the manner in which he nailed his yorkers before going on to praise senior players like Chris Gayle, whose presence, according to the skipper, has brought potency to the batting-unit.
This is what KL Rahul had to say after KXIP’s thrilling win over MI-
”It’s not the first time, I’m getting used to it but we’ll take the two points however they come. It doesn’t always happen so you don’t know how to stay balanced in a situation like this. We have put in some really amazing performances even in the games we lost. We’re trying to come back harder in each game and wins like this help. After wicket-keeping for 20 overs, batting in the first six is very crucial. We knew it would get slower with their decent spinners, so Mayank and I got a good start over 50 runs,” he added.
”When Chris plays against spinners, I trust them to take down the spinners. Chris coming in helps, he is an experienced player and knows how to carry the team through. You can’t prepare for Super Overs, no team prepares for Super Overs. You have to trust your bowling group and it is important you let them believe their instinct and gut. Shami was certain he wanted to go for six yorkers and he has been phenomenal for us. It is important senior guys put their hands up for us,” he signed off.