George Bailey, Shaun Marsh doubtful for DD clash
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper George Bailey and left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh are both unlikely to feature in their team’s next IPL 8 game against Delhi Daredevils (DD) due to injuries.
Coach Sanjay Bangar, on April 30, told media that Bailey took a blow on his shoulder while Marsh suffered a toe injury during a net session at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
“We have some injury issues, so team combination can be decided only tomorrow.”
KXIP, who finished runner-ups last season, are currently going through a pathetic run of form in the tournament with five losses in seven games. But Bangar is optimistic that the team will bounce back and it’s just a matter of one good game that will turn the tides in their favour.
“One win can propel the team. The momentum plays a part. It’s a very tight table, the competition is even and all eight teams still have a chance to make the play-offs,” he added.
When asked about the changes in his approach as a coach since the last year’s edition, Bangar said that there hasn’t been much and added that he just likes to keep it simple.
“Results dictate how a coach is seen. We are trying to do better. The communication, the strategy however has not drifted much. It’s just that the team is going through a bad phase.”
When questioned how difficult it is to have player like Virender Sehwag dropped from the playing XI, Bangar said the the swashbuckling batsman had taken the decision thoughtfully without any fuss.
“The format is such that many times big players do not get to play. I don’t have to tell you the names but some big players (in other teams) have missed out. I think players understand, it’s a fact in Twenty20 cricket,” Bangar concluded.
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