A new venue awaits Kings XI Punjab as the side now will travel to Sharjah for the first time in the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League, where they will play the champions Mumbai Indians on Thursday.
Kings XI Punjab have so far played two games at the Dubai International Stadium and one game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and now will get a chance to play at the third and final venue for this season’s IPL- the Sheikh Zayad Stadium in Abu Dhabi. KXIP have started off with losses in their first game in the other two venues, and coach Anil Kumble therefore believes that adjusting to the new conditions will be key to getting a favourable result against Mumbai Indians.
“I think we need to assess the conditions. As I've said before the previous game against Rajasthan, it is pretty similar. We are entering Abu Dhabi which is a new venue for us,” said the KXIP Head Coach in an exclusive interview with kxip.in.
“It is a new ground, it is slightly bigger, the boundaries are bigger so it is not going to be easy to score sixes like how it was at Sharjah. But having said that, you know we will have to sort of assess conditions very quickly and adapt,” added the former leg spinner.
Anil Kumble also remains cautious on the challenge that Mumbai Indians could pose to Kings XI Punjab. The five-time champions head into this game with one win and two losses to their name, having come out on the wrong side of a Super Over against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing.
“Mumbai is a very strong team, we know that. A very settled team, they have been sort of playing the same XI, almost the same XI for the last couple of years, so yes, we know their strengths and we will have to bring in our 'A' game.
“I'm really happy these last three games for the way we have been consistent, so looking forward to that kind of an effort again in Abu Dhabi,” added Kumble, concluding the interview.