The top of the Indian Premier League table is heating up with teams closely matched with each other on points.
But the teams at the bottom of the table have also shown their potential in the season and the Kings XI Punjab took a step away from the bottom of the table with a victory over the Mumbai Indians on Friday.
And the mentor of the team, Virender Sehwag has dissected his team’s performance in the current season in his blog for sport360.com recently.
The hard-hitting batsman felt that the 4-over seas players that are allowed to play in one team has been a problem for his side.
He explained that Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh had been in good form at the start of the tournament and that Mitchell Johnson and Kyle Abbot were not up to their mark. He felt that the group of foreign players that are important for the team did not click together.
You expect a lot from the foreign recruits but sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t,” Sehwag wrote.
However, he felt that the biggest positive of the tournament for the franchise has been the form of the domestic Indian players in the squad.
He wrote, “When it comes to Indian players, I think Punjab have been good.”
He explained that the strike bowling force of Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma have done extremely well this season. He felt that the duo were superb even in the death and revealed that they are at the moment on the top of their game.
“Both seamers have an economy of less than eight runs an over, and a team can’t ask for a lot more than that,” Sehwag wrote.
The former Indian opener was also full of praise for Indian international Axar Patel. He felt that the young left-arm spinner has taken up the responsibility of the team even in tough situations and that his exploits with the bat in recent times make him a dangerous player.
“His left-arm spin has not been very easy to hit away and I have been thoroughly impressed by his accuracy.”
“If he can be a little more forceful with the bat, he will be doubly dangerous,” he added.
Sehwag also opened up about the decision to shift captains half-way through the tournament.
He felt that the decision was made to bring in a change in the side and to help the players who were struggling under the former captain David Miller.
Sehwag explained, “Ever since Murali Vijay took over from David Miller, things have changed a bit.”
“We just decided to change captains to reduce the pressure on Miller,” he added.
The KXIP franchise has been recently in a turmoil over events relating to the owner and the players in the franchise but Sehwag was quick to deny any rift between the personnel.
He said that it was just media speculation and that the whole group is now united as one.
“This is just media speculation. Be it our owner Preity Zinta, our coach Sanjay Bangar or even the players, everyone has come out and said nothing untoward has happened and that the team is united,” he wrote.