Ravi Bishnoi, who is playing his IPL debut season for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), mentioned that Anil Kumble’s advice before the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) helped him to give his best to guide his side to victory.
The leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi picked up three wickets and contributed to bundle out RCB for 109 while chasing the target of 206 runs. He picked the wickets of Washington Sundar, Aaron Finch and Umesh Yadav in his four-over quota. Bishnoi also bowled at the economy rate of 8.00.
Anil Kumble taught me to keep a calm mind: Ravi Bishnoi
Bishnoi said that Anil Kumble, who also joined KXIP ahead of this season, taught him to have a calm and composed mind during crunch situations. He added that the former Indian cricketer also advised him to stick to his strength which worked for him.
“He taught me to keep a calm mind and handle situations during the match with a cool head,” said Bishnoi. “He also asked me to stick to my strength and not try too many things.”
It’s more about mental preparations: Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi attended the practice sessions with his team players ahead of the tournament. He stated that the training camp helped him to work on his strength but he believes that more than physical training it was about preparing mentally ahead of the tournament.
“We had a long camp before the IPL so the preparation was good. It’s more about mental preparations, skill levels are almost identical at this level,” said Bishnoi.
Talking about his game against RCB, he said that he kept himself mentally strong and focused on not bowling many loose deliveries.
“The one who is mentally stronger or more brave succeeds. My focus was on not giving away loose deliveries and allow them to attack me,” he said.
“We did not go out to bowl thinking we have a target over 200 to defend. Rather we thought we had to defend 180 and the intention was to get them out as soon as we can,” he added.
Meanwhile, KXIP won their first match of the tournament against RCB after facing defeat against Delhi Capitals in their opener match.