Punjab KIngs' Trevor Bayliss, Shikhar Dhawan
Trevor Bayliss, Shikhar Dhawan [PC: AP]

Ahead of Punjab Kings’ final league game of the IPL 2023 season against the Rajasthan Royals, head coach Trevor Bayliss expressed his team’s desire to finish on a high note.

Reflecting on Punjab Kings’ performance throughout the tournament, Bayliss expressed satisfaction with the players available to them and acknowledged the team’s mixed results in closely contested matches.

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Bayliss acknowledged that Punjab Kings had started the season with a reasonably young and inexperienced team. Despite some close losses and victories, he considered the tournament to be a reasonable one for the team. The coach emphasized the importance of gaining experience through exposure and highlighted the impressive performances of youngsters Jitesh and Prabhsimran.

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Looking ahead, Bayliss expressed excitement about the progress and development of these young players at Punjab Kings over the next couple of years. He believed that their growth and improvement would be crucial for the team’s future success. In terms of the team’s bowling, Bayliss emphasized the need to pitch the ball up a fraction more in the first six overs and make the most of the new ball.

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Jitesh And Prabhsimran Have Done Really Well: Punjab Kings Head Coach Trevor Bayliss

Furthermore, the coach emphasized the importance of accuracy on the given wicket, which offered limited room for error. He acknowledged that even good deliveries could sometimes result in boundaries due to the challenging conditions. Therefore, the bowlers needed to find the right balance between accuracy and understanding the nature of the pitch.

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“We’d like to finish on a high tonight. With the players we’ve had available for this series, we’ve been reasonably happy. We’ve lost a few close ones, we’ve won some close ones. We said at the start we had a reasonably young inexperienced team and to go so close so far, I think it’s been a reasonable tournament for us.”

“A little bit of lack of experience to start with, but the only way you get experience is by exposing these guys to playing. Jitesh and Prabhsimran have done really well. Looking forward to seeing how they progress over the next couple of years. From a bowling sense, we got to pitch the ball up just a fraction more in the first six overs and use the wicket with the new ball. There’s not much room for error on this wicket. You’ve got to be very accurate but you also got to be understanding that some of your good balls will be going for a boundary as well.”

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As Punjab Kings prepared for their final league game, Bayliss’ words reflected the team’s determination to end the season on a positive note. With a young and talented squad, the coach believed that the team had shown promise and growth throughout the tournament. Now, they aimed to translate that progress into a strong performance in their final match.

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