Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals | Ravichandran Ashwin

There was a bit of nervousness and it’s glad to get two points: Ashwin

Indian Premier League 2019: Kings XI Punjab's Predicted XI
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Yet again the bowling unit joined the fun to bring the victory smile on Ashwin’s face. It was a nice winning for Kings XI Punjab on a beautiful Sunday evening which ensured them to get back into winning ways. The reserved knock from KL Rahul and the collective bowling effort sealed the deal for KXIP.

This win is good because we were tested in our batting: Ashwin

Speaking of the victory, Ashwin quoted that it was a satisfying victory as they haven’t got the success after returning from the break. He hailed his bowlers for showing tremendous consistency and showered words of praise on KL Rahul for staying till the end. Ashwin also cited that it was more convincing for his side as their batsman showed their mettle.

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Ashwin is bowling leg-spin in IPL. Photo Credit: IPL.

”We didn’t play for some time and we hadn’t got any points over the last two weeks. There was a bit of nervousness and it’s glad to get two points. This win is good because we were tested in our batting. One of our batsmen batted deep and that’s what we’ve been asking for. We didn’t need a tight game to chase it down. That box has been ticked,” Ashwin said while speaking in the post-match presentation.

”Most of our wins have been set up by the bowlers, 12 points have been set up by the bowlers. It’s pleasing. Good to know that one department is firing on all cylinders. We have options. Many of the batters are inexperienced and as the tournament goes on, I expect them to do better,” Ravi Ashwin added to his lines.

On his Captaincy mantra…

When asked about his captaincy motto which is doing wonders for him, Ashin added that he hasn’t prepared anything at home but he wants to keep his full trust on his bowlers. Even though an individual let you down on one day, he wants the same player to win the match on the other day.

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”Didn’t come with any expectations, to be honest, didn’t come here to outdo me or do anything special, just came here to gauge the situation and use the team in the best way possible. The most important thing for a captain is to rotate the bowlers well and pick the best combination possible and to get the batting order right,” he added.

”I think bowlers will get hit in this format, the guys who let me down today will win me games tomorrow, that’s the only perspective I came into the tournament with. Thankfully all of them are going well,” Ravi Ashwin concluded.

All in all, it was a clean win for Kings XI Punjab and the win ensured them to ascend their position to number 3 in the points table. Coming to future assignments, Kings XI Punjab will once again take on Rajasthan Royals in 48 hours of time. This time, Rajasthan will play as the host team while Punjab will be the visitors.

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