Kings XI Punjab have had a remarkable run of form at their home ground in Mohali. On Thursday, after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs, they managed to cap off an unbeaten run at the venue and will now move to Eden Gardens high on confidence.
Pacer Andrew Tye, who was instrumental in the team restricting the big hitters of SRH when they came in to chase with figures of 2 for 23, was extremely pleased with the way the Kings bowled against an in-form SRH batting order.
“We’ve got good variety in our attack. There is not much of the same,” Tye told the media at a post-match press conference, “There’s me, Mohit (Sharma), Barinder (Sran), the left hander, along with Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Mujeeb (Ur Rahman).
“We also have others in the team who can bowl as well. So, we have found a pretty good balance at the moment,” he pointed out.
With the team having to go with three pacers in their recent games owing to Axar Patel’s unavailability, they managed to prove that they have strength in more than just the spin department. Axar’s return, Tye felt, would give the team some happy problems.
“I’m sure there will be a few headaches during the selection team when Axar’s available again. So overall I think we are in a good position. I don’t even think Mohit has hit his straps yet. I can’t wait for when we are in full flow.
“I am excited at the feeling of when we all fire. We’ll probably bowl a team out for less than a hundred,” a confident Tye declared.
Against Sunrisers, on a pitch which he felt was slower than the one they played against Chennai Super Kings, Tye unleashed a flurry of his famous knuckle balls and completely bamboozled the batsmen.
“My variations all depend on how I am feeling at that moment,” he said when talking about his use of his signature ball. “Whether I feel the knuckle ball or the off cutter or the leg cutter or the back of the hand or anything really will work in that given situation.
“I try and figure out what is working for me on the day. Today it was the knuckle ball so I stuck with it. A majority of my balls were probably knuckle balls today. Sometimes it works, sometimes I get hit out of the park but that’s alright.”