IPL 2018: Siddarth Kaul figures out the reasons why SRH lost the plot against Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle's calculated knock kept SRH away from the game.
Updated - Apr 20, 2018 10:04 am
Kings XI Punjab looked a dominant side right from the start of the season. KL Rahul started the blitz against Delhi Daredevils and it was Chris Gayle, who continued it against Sunrisers Hyderabad last night. With three wins in four games, they are positioned at the third slot on the points table.
It was Chris Gayle, who smashed the otherwise disciplined SRH bowlers all around the park. The Hyderabad bowling lineup was swapped right after Gayle attacked Rashid Khan for four gigantic sixes. Captain Kane Williamson was left with no options and gave Bhuvneshwar Kumar 16th and 18th overs. He used Rashid Khan in the very final over, which proved costly.
Speaking about Bhuvneshwar Kumar being used in 16th and 18th over, Siddarth Kaul said that their main bowler Rashid Khan’s expensive spell forced them to swap their bowlers. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended up with a decent spell of 1/25.
“Our main bowler Rashid got hit for quite a few so we thought of using him towards the end. We had experienced bowlers like Bhuvi bhai, Jordan and myself, with whatever little experience I had to offer, capable of handling the death overs. But because of Rashid going for a lot, we had to use Bhuvi a little earlier. We acted according to the situation,” said Kaul according to quotes on Cricbuzz.
Gayle played smartly – Kaul
Kaul further added that Chris Gayle played smart cricket and challenged all their bowlers and in the end, the batsman was successful in giving his side a dominating total. Kaul credited Gayle and he termed the world boss’ knock as the game-changing moment.
“My mindset (against Gayle) was that the team had given certain plans and my job was to execute that. Tough luck that his execution happened to be better than us. All his shots were connecting, which gave them the upper hand. He was playing smartly and challenging our main bowlers, and he pulled it off well. He played really well and we couldn’t get it right,” added Kaul about Chris Gayle’s stupendous knock.