KXIP’s poor outing
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) initially restricted the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at 102 for 3 in 15 overs. After the showcase from Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma (70), everything was not out of the hand of KXIP. But later quick-fires from Kieron Pollard (47* off 20 balls) and Hardik Pandya (unbeaten 30 off 11 balls) took the score of Mumbai Indians to 191/4. Sheldon Cottrell’s quota was finished before death over. Mohammad Shami was held back. KL Rahul decided to go for Jimmy Neesham and Krishnappa Gowtham. The choices for which KXIP had to lose the match eventually because of the daunting target set by Hardik and Pollard.
After the loss, hence the new captain was criticized for his poor choice of bowlers at a crucial times. Moreover, his contribution to the game during the run-chase was disappointing as well.
Yuvi supports Rahul
But former all-rounder and KXIP player Yuvraj Singh took to his official Twitter account and asked all to support the new KXIP captain. “Tough game for @lionsdenkxip last night as @mipaltan were the better team on the day But @klrahul11 getting bit of a flack for bowling an offie in last over I feel is a bit unfair, We all make mistakes and as a new skip we should all look at the positives that he has brought on.”
KL Rahul, in fact, is captaining an IPL side for the first time and started with few good outcomes in the league. At the post-match ceremony, he admitted, “This game, we made some mistakes. Important we come back stronger. Another bowling option would be nice – an all-rounder option who can bat and bowl well. Will be sitting with the coaches to decide if we want to play an extra bowler.”