IPL 2021: Punjab Kings have not but thought of opening position for Gayle or Malan, says skipper Mayank Agarwal
Ahmedabad: Punjab Kings’ stand-in captain Mayank Agarwal says they haven’t but mentioned if explosive Chris Gayle or Dawid Malan would open the innings alongside him within the absence of KL Rahul, who wants surgical procedure to deal with acute appendicitis.
Common skipper Rahul is uncertain to rejoin the league anytime quickly whilst his workforce is anticipating him to return to motion inside every week or 10 days after going below the knife in a Mumbai hospital.
Because the IPL is being held in a bio-secure bubble, there’s a quarantine interval that Rahul might must serve if he doesn’t get an exemption. It might rule him out of the whole match, that may conclude on 30 Could.
“That is one thing (Gayle or Malan) we now have to talk about however for the second that is the technique that we went with and we received a good rating. Could also be in all probability 10 runs quick,” mentioned Agarwal on the post-match press convention after shedding to Delhi Capitals on Sunday evening.
Agarwal hit an impressive unbeaten 99 however his opening accomplice Prabhsimran Singh contributed solely 15.
Gayle (13) and Malan (26) batted at quantity three and 4 respectively as Punjab misplaced the match by seven wickets after making 166 for six.
Agarwal was once more non-committal when requested if abroad gamers may be reshuffled to let somebody like Moises Henriques play frequently.
“That is one thing we are going to take into consideration, going forward. With Delhi’s batting, we wanted firepower to get the wickets, which was missing. We again our bowlers to do this for us,” he mentioned.
Agarwal mentioned it was not powerful to play the captain’s position however admitted that the accountability does change the strategy in direction of the sport.
“I had been saved within the loop. Via the season we have been there in conferences. There was sufficient time to arrange. We turned up decently, would have appreciated extra aggression although.
“Whenever you play as a batsman, you do not suppose like a captain, you execute your position as a participant. If you find yourself captain and batting, you need to take additional accountability,” he mentioned.
Delhi Capitals’ Shimron Hetmyer mentioned a useful surroundings within the dressing room evokes all to do nicely and that has been an element for the workforce’s good present.
“That performs a component. It at all times helps if you go in, with a transparent thoughts and coach is backing you. Most occasions it comes out positively for us,” he mentioned.
He additionally emphasised on the supporting position being performed by head coach Ricky Ponting.
“(There’s) positivity. (He) provides you freedom to specific, backs you. Retains pushing you to do your greatest. I like him.”
The West Indian mentioned he’s snug within the DC arrange.
“This 12 months it is like being snug within the surroundings. You may be your self. I used to be nervous first 12 months, final 12 months was not getting a lot probability.”
Hetmyer mentioned it isn’t that difficult for gamers to play at two totally different venues.
“Gamers ought to be capable to modify, assess the state of affairs, situations and play accordingly,” he mentioned.
Requested about his studying so removed from the IPL that will assist him in his nationwide obligation, Hetmyer mentioned, “I’m attempting to be extra constant, preserve that positivity. In West Indies workforce, I bat a bit greater, I attempt to play much less photographs.”
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