It hasn’t been the best of starts for Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League, as the franchise find themselves bottom of the table after five games in the competition. KL Rahul’s side have just one win so far in IPL 2020, and will need to be at their best going forward to stand a chance of making it to the semi finals.
Despite the difficult start, KXIP’s team management remain confident of turning things around in the games that remain. “I think a good is just around the corner for us, hopefully the momentum will shift our way. We just need a little bit rub of the green to go our way,” said batting coach Wasim Jaffer in an exclusive interview with Kings XI Punjab.
“The batting unit apart from one game has done really well, we just need a collective performance from the batters and the bowlers. I’m sure the boys are confident and things will turn around going forward,” added Jaffer.
KXIP’s Head Coach Anil Kumble also supported Jaffer’s words, giving the team some renewed optimism in a separate interview. "One good thing is we can only go up, that's how we look at it," said Kumble while going on to add "It's a nine-game tournament for us, we need to take one game at a time, not look too far ahead, we are very confident with our preparation, the way we have gone about.”
Kings XI Punjab take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next IPL game, and a win in that game will most likely lift them out of the bottom of the table, owing to a superior net run rate.
“I think SRH is a good side, without a doubt. They will miss Bhuvi but they have got some quality players up front and they have got Rashid (Khan), so the boys are mindful of that,” revealed Jaffer in the same interview.
However, the batting coach stressed on not focusing on the opposition and playing the game freely to have a best chance of a favourable result.
“We don’t need to look at the opposition, we just need to play our best cricket no matter who’s in front of us and just think about winning, that’s all we need. We just need a couple of games to go our way, and then the momentum will shift and we just have to carry on from there,” concluded Jaffer.