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IPL 2021: Ashish Nehra Questions Punjab Kings’ Baffling Strategy

Ashish Nehra pointed out that Punjab Kings failed in managing its bowlers which cost them the game despite putting a pile of runs.

Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has slammed Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul for poorly managing his bowlers against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match No. 11 in Mumbai on Sunday. Despite setting up a huge 196-run target, the PBKS lost the game by six wickets and 10 balls to spare.

Ashish Nehra © BCCI
Ashish Nehra © BCCI

Ashish Nehra Criticized Punjab For Not Giving Early Overs To Bowlers Who Were Expensive Buys

Shikhar Dhawan played terrific innings during the chase, scoring a 49-ball 92 to guide DC to a comprehensive victory. His innings included 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. After the match ended, Ashish Nehra pointed out that Punjab failed in utilizing its bowling resources which cost them the game despite putting up a pile of runs.

While speaking to Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra said that the team needs to come out with a better strategy in the upcoming games.

“See, there are a few things which every player wants to do in this format. You like to bowl well, bat well, field brilliantly. You have good or bad days, it’s a common thing in this game. But there are certain things which are in your control, at least that you can do,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.

Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)

“You didn’t give early overs to your most expensive overseas bowlers. Meredith came after 10 overs and picked the wicket of Steve Smith in his first over. Even Shami bowled four overs in four different spells. You preferred Arshdeep to begin with. So, where will you control the game from – frontend or the backend?” added Nehra.

KL Rahul opened the innings with Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh and then after one over spell from both gave the ball to Jhye Richardson and Jalaj Saxena.

Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh were once again brought for one over each and then KL Rahul gave the ball to Deepak Hooda. Australia’s Riley Meredith, who is known for his express pace, came into the attack in the 11th over and he was able to strike in his very first over, dismissing his countryman Steve Smith.

Ashish Nehra: Punjab Needs To Come Up With A Better Strategy As They Messed Up Their Bowling Plans

The former cricketer also stated that the PBKS skipper and coach need to sit down together and come out with better plans for the upcoming games.

“If such is the strategy, then even KL shouldn’t open from next time. Either they send Jalaj Saxena, Shami or Shahrukh – whomsoever may they want. So, Rahul, as a captain, needs to think and sit down with Anil Kumble to discuss because they need to come up with a strategy that I didn’t understand today,” said Nehra.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during a match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

Ashish Nehra added that if this stratagem is to be followed then Jalaj Saxena and Shahrukh Khan can open the batting innings for Punjab Kings in the next match. Kings XI Punjab will be disappointed with their bowling performance as DC cruised to the target of 196 with 10 balls to spare.

Punjab Kings had won their first match against Rajasthan Royals with skipper KL Rahul scoring 91 as they amassed 221/6 in stipulated 20 overs before Rajasthan almost pulled off the impossible with their skipper Sanju Samson scoring IPL 2021’s first ton. His 119 went in vain as Punjab won by 4 runs. Punjab performed poorly against CSK after a batting failure saw them scoring only 106/8.

Furthermore, KL Rahul’s strike rate in their 3rd match against Delhi has also come under scrutiny as he scored 61 off 51 balls at a below-par strike rate of 119.51. Punjab Kings will now make a pitstop at Chennai, where they will face Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st April.
Deepak Hooda screengrab
Deepak Hooda screengrab
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Deepak Hooda Can Serve India And Do Well: Irfan Pathan

Deepak Hooda was hitting big sixes at will for Punjab Kings against Rajasthan Royals, for which his father Jagbir Hooda was finding it difficult to control his emotions. Father Jagbir Hooda was happy after his son returned from the ban by the state cricket association with a bang.

Jagbir Hooda knew what his son had gone through over the past six months. Deepak Hooda silenced his critics, who had left no stone unturned in maligning his reputation and barred him from playing cricket for the entire season, with a 28-ball 64 (6×6; 4×4).

Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda
Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda. (Photo Source: Getty Images and IPL/BCCI)

Deepak Hooda Was Facing A Tough Time As He Was Banned For A Season But Irfan Pathan And Yusuf Pathan Stepped In: Jagbir

The 25-year-old all-rounder was suspended for the season by Baroda cricket body after a spat with captain Krunal Pandya in January. It meant Deepak Hooda could not play the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-dayers.

“It was a very tough phase for Deepak. He was facing a tough time due to his teammates. Living in a bio-bubble ahead of a tournament and being away from family made things worse.

“He did raise his voice to the treatment he was meted out, but, unfortunately, was banned for a season. He was down and needed counseling and support,” said Jagbir from the Hooda house in Vadodara’s Manjalpur.

“That’s when Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan stepped in. They looked after Deepak and were there for him at the nets. He missed playing for the state (Baroda),” said Jagbir, who worked in the administrative office of the Indian Air Force for 29 years for before taking a voluntary retirement five years ago.

Irfan Pathan with brother Yusuf Pathan.
Irfan Pathan with brother Yusuf Pathan.© Facebook
The Pathan brothers (Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan) have been mentoring Deepak Hooda since he started playing age-specific cricket for Baroda. The former duo has been vocal about Deepak Hooda’s talent.

“The Pathan brothers provided Deepak the motivation and encouragement he required after he was suspended. He needed to be mentally strong as everyone was pointing fingers at him after the suspension. They would go to the Gujarat Police ground and the Moti Bagh ground and train for hours on both the red soil and black soil.

“He put all his energy into training. And then he knew he could make an impression in the IPL and show the world his talent. I am happy he played brilliantly against Rajasthan Royals,” said Jagbir.

Deepak Hooda hit a quickfire cameo of 64 off only 28 balls against Rajasthan. Last season, Deepak Hooda played seven games for Punjab Kings; as he was selected only after the team failed to win. In five innings he batted, he scored 101 runs with a strike rate of 149 and the highest score of 71.

Deepak Hooda Happy To Bat At No. 4 In Domestic Cricket

The right-handed Deepak Hooda had smashed a 30-ball unbeaten 62 against Chennai Super Kings in the last competitive game he played on November 1, 2020, in IPL 2020 at UAE.

“I was just reacting to the ball and showing aggressive intent in my batting. I got this role at No. 4 and I am happy as I bat at this position in domestic cricket,” said Deepak Hooda, who has pushed up the order ahead of Nicholas Pooran and has played for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Deepak Hooda played a season for Haryana before moving to Baroda in 2010 and made his first-class debut in 2014. In November 2017, he was in the India squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka. In February 2018, he was named in India’s T20I squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy but did not play.

“He is a fine talent. He is someone who can serve India and do well. The kind of knock he played against Rajasthan Royals shows his mental strength and the manner he played fearless cricket definitely sets him apart from others.

“He used the middle overs well and hit the ball hard in the right spots. And the fact that he was promoted up the order provided him the chance to express himself,” said Irfan Pathan, who is the mentor-cum-coach of the Jammu & Kashmir team.

Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)

“He is a very fit cricketer. His yo-yo score usually touches 18. Much cricket is left in the tournament, more impactful knocks should be expected from him and I hope he gets to roll his arm and showcase his overall all-round skills.

“He knows he has missed out on a lot of cricket this season, I am sure he will be hungry for more,” said Irfan Pathan, who also praised Punjab Kings’ left-arm medium-pacer Arshdeep Singh for his brilliant last over.

Sanju Samson’s 119 went in vain as RR failed to chase down the stiff target of 222 in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium. Sanju Samson ended up on the losing side despite setting the record for the highest score by a player on captaincy debut.

Arshdeep Singh was PBKS’s best bowler as he took 3 wickets conceding 35 runs, including that of RR captain Sanju Samson, to tilt the match in Punjab Kings’ favour at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

Chris Morris and Dale Steyn | IPL/BCCI
Chris Morris and Dale Steyn | IPL/BCCI
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IPL 2021: It’s Probably A Wrong Decision By Sanju Samson To Refuse Chris Morris A Single, Says Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, former South Africa pace bowler whose last stint in the IPL was with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2020 season too felt Sanju Samson’s decision to not take a single was a ‘tight call’ but subsequently maintained that Chris Morris too is capable of ‘clearing the ropes’.

Chris Morris played alongside Dale Steyn in RCB in IPL 2020 before being the costliest buy ever at the auction in IPL 2021 and was bought by Rajasthan. While some experts hailed Sanju Samson’s magical swashbuckling innings as the debutante captain, some were quick to disparage at his decision of refusing Chris Morris a single, which cost RR the game.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Sanjay Manjrekar: Sanju Samson Took The Right Call And Almost Managed To Hit The Winning Runs By Hitting A Six

A day after Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson played the magical 119-run innings but fell just short of guiding his team past the target set by Punjab Kings, opinion was divided on whether he took the right decision to not go for a run off the penultimate ball of the innings.

The new RR skipper declined a single to Chris Morris off the second-last ball of the innings, while chasing a mammoth target of 221. Sanju Samson, instead, decided to go for a big hit off the last ball from Arshdeep Singh but couldn’t clear deep cover and was caught by Deepak Hooda instead.

Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI
Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI

Rajasthan Royals finally managed 217 for 7 in 20 overs. Former India batsman and cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said the RR captain took the right decision to not go for a single.

“Yes, he took the right call because I am thinking, which is the greatest possibility. Samson hitting the last ball for a six with the kind of form that he was in and Morris had just come in — hitting that ball for a four and, you know, I thought hitting the six was a greater possibility than Morris hitting a four.

“I thought he (Samson) took the right call and almost managed it but, unfortunately, it turned out to be a great innings in a losing cause,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying.

Chris Morris had not looked in the finest of touches with the bat till then but had only faced 4 deliveries, scoring 2 runs. The match produced a debatable incident when Sanju Samson, needing 5 runs from 2 balls, denied his non-striking partner Chris Morris a single on the penultimate ball of the match.

Facing Arshdeep Singh, Sanju Samson hit the ball towards the extra-cover region but the shot only guaranteed a single. Chris Morris ran towards him was but sent back after crossing the halfway line.

Dale Steyn: Sanju Samson Can’t Be Blamed For Not Taking A Single

Former South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn felt the decision to refuse a single was a tough call but felt Chris Morris too is capable of ‘clearing the ropes’.

“When you’re in and you feel like you can hit any ball for a six and that’s the situation that he (Samson) was in, you can’t blame him (for not taking a single).

“I think, he knew where (Arshdeep) Singh was going to bowl… (but) you know when someone like Chris Morris on the other side can also clear the ropes, it’s probably the wrong decision. Well, it’s such a tight (decision) to make..,” Dale Steyn stated.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

On his part, Samson said, “When I am in the zone and watching the ball well, the sixes come out naturally. I don’t think I could have done better than that. I thought I timed it well for a six but unfortunately, couldn’t clear the man in the deep.”

The South African all-rounder Chris Morris remains the costliest player to have been purchased in the auction (INR 16.5 crore) but his first match in the RR shirt hadn’t gone as per plan yet.

Back in January, Dale Steyn, who has represented several teams in IPL in the past, had taken to Twitter to announce that he has withdrawn from the 14th season of the cash-rich IPL but he will continue to play in other franchise-based leagues around the world.

Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)
Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)
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IPL 2021: ‘Fearless’ Chetan Sakariya Has Got Temperament, Says Virender Sehwag

Chetan Sakariya’s brilliant performance impressed Virender Sehwag. Virender Sehwag lauded the youngster Rajasthan Royals seamer’s fearless approach and compared his temperament with former India left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag heaped praise on Rajasthan Royals’ new recruit Chetan Sakariya who stole the show on Sunday night with his brilliant bowling against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match No 4. Virender Sehwag was all praise for young left-arm seamer Chetan Sakariya, who has overcome massive personal crises to come good.

Zaheer Khan And Ashish Nehra
Zaheer Khan And Ashish Nehra-Ravi Raveendran/AFP

Chetan Sakariya Exhibited Temperament Of Zaheer Khan And Ashish Nehra: Virender Sehwag

The 22-year-old was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers who returned with the figures of 3/31 on his IPL debut. He struck in the third over to get rid of opener Mayank Agarwal (12) and then returned in the final over to dismiss KL Rahul (91) and Jhye Richardson (0).

Chetan Sakariya’s brilliant performance impressed former opener turned commentator Virender Sehwag as the former cricketer lauded the youngster’s fearless approach and compared his temperament with former India left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.

“I’ve heard his name, even saw him bowl in domestic games but didn’t expect that he would bowl so well. You face different batters in the domestic circuit but in IPL, you come across big and renowned batsmen. We got to see his temperament. He was fearless,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

Chetan Sakariya(L) And Virender Sehwag (R)- Credit: Web
Chetan Sakariya(L) And Virender Sehwag (R)- Credit: Web

“Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra always say that as a bowler, you should never be scared of getting hit for a boundary. Until you won’t get hit, you cannot learn and pick wickets.

“So, I think, he [Sakariya] exhibited that kind of temperament. He had variations as well. Though there were a few no-balls overall, he bowled very well. The way he got Mayank Agarwal and surprised Chris Gayle with one of his deliveries, he was completely impressive,” Virender Sehwag added.

The Rajasthan Royals, however, lost their opening encounter to Punjab Kings by 4 runs on Monday night in Mumbai as Sanju Samson’s ton-the first ton in IPL 2021 went in vain as PBKS seamer Arshdeep Singh conceded only 8 runs in the last over.

KL Rahul’s 91 Ensures PBKS Victory As Sanju Samson’s Ton Goes In Vain

KL Rahul (91 off 50) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28) powered Punjab Kings to an imposing 221 for six after being put in to bat on a batting track.

In reply, Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson almost took Royals home with a breath-taking 119 off 63 balls but was caught off the game’s final ball with left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh defending 13 runs in the last over.

Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (Pic Source: Twitter)
Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (Pic Source: Twitter)

Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by a sensational Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh who also took 3 scalps bowled an excellent 20th over which helped the side seal a 4-run win.

There was no stopping the RR skipper Sanju Samson though as the right-hander brought up a magnificent century, becoming the first batsman to get a hundred on IPL captaincy debut.

PBKS had the worst record among all teams in the death overs in IPL 2020 and they struggled once again in this game as RR needed 48 off the final 4 with Sanju Samson on the song. It was only Arshdeep Singh who kept his nerves even as the rest of the bowlers got a real hammering at the hands of the RR skipper.

Apart from veteran Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh, the other bowlers conceded more than 10 runs per over.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
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IPL 2021: Sanju Samson Will Hit That 10 Yards Further To Win Next Games, Says Kumar Sangakkara

Sanju Samson’s decision to deny Chris Morris a single on the penultimate ball of the match has triggered a huge debate. Kumar Sangakkara, however, feels Sanju Samson was right in making that call.

Rajasthan Royals surprised many as they produced a scintillating effort while chasing the stiff target of 222 runs against Punjab Kings in their first match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign.

Sanju Samson With Kumar Sangakkara (RR Photo)
Sanju Samson With Kumar Sangakkara (RR Photo)

Sanju Samson Took It Upon Himself To Finish The Game And Fell Just A Few Yards Short: Kumar Sangakkara

The match was a thriller as both teams scored in excess of 200 and PBKS won as the match was decided on the last ball. However, the match did produce a debatable incident when Sanju Samson, needing 5 runs from 2 balls, denied his non-striking partner Chris Morris a single on the penultimate ball of the match. The Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, has reacted to the controversy.

Chris Morris had not looked in the finest of touches with the bat till then but had only faced 4 deliveries, scoring 2 runs. The South African all-rounder remains the costliest player to have been purchased in the auction (INR 16.5 crore) but his first match in the RR shirt hadn’t gone as per plan yet.

Rajasthan Royals cricketers including Sanju Samson (centre) and all-rounder Chris Morris (left) during the team's 2021 season jersey launch.
Rajasthan Royals cricketers. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Facing Arshdeep Singh, Sanju Samson hit the ball towards the extra-cover region but the shot only guaranteed a single. Chris Morris ran towards him was but sent back after crossing the halfway line.

The Proteas cricketer didn’t look pleased and there were a few confused faces in the Rajasthan camps dressing room too. Kumar Sangakkara, however, felt that his decision was right even though it didn’t produce the desired result.

“I think Sanju backed himself to get the job done and he nearly did,” Sangakkara said at the post-match press conference.

“He was five or six yards short of hitting the last ball for a six and sometimes when you know you’re hitting the ball well and you’re in form and you believe that you can do it, you’ve got to take that responsibility. And it was really encouraging to see Sanju do that.”

“We can always talk about a missed single here or there but the crucial thing for me is the players’ belief in attitude and commitment and they know what their strengths are. And Sanju took it upon himself to finish that game and he just fell a few yards short. That happens, but the next time I’ll believe he’ll hit it that 10 yards further to win us the game,” he added.

Former Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara added that Sanju Samson was 5-6 yards short of hitting the last ball over the boundary but was instead caught by Deepak Hooda between the deep cover and deep extra cover. Kumar Sangakkara said that Sanju Samson will finish the job in the next game by hitting the ball 10 yards further than the boundary rope.

Simon Doull And Sunil Gavaskar Reacts In Commentary After Sanju Samson Denies Chris Morris A Single Run

There was a small debate in the commentary box during the match too. Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull couldn’t understand why Sanju Samson had denied Chris Morris a single while Indian cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar felt that Chris Morris hadn’t done enough for Sanju Samson to have confidence in him.

“My goodness. My goodness. He’s turned the run down, Sanju Samson,” Doull said in commentary. I don’t believe what I’ve just seen, because at least Morris can hit a four for the win,” said Doull.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Gavaskar responded saying: “He can but so far he hasn’t. His strike rate at the moment is just 50. He’s just managed two singles (from four balls).”

Fans and experts can continue debating over the incident but there’s practically no way of knowing what would’ve happened if Chris Morris had completed that single. It would be interesting to see what Sanju Samson does if a similar situation arrives again soon.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
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IPL 2021: Stuart Broad Questions Rajasthan Royals For Not Opening With Jos Buttler

Stuart Broad, England’s veteran pacer has questioned why the Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) did not open their batting with the ‘best opening wicketkeeper in the world’ Jos Buttler.

Rajasthan Royals were eventually defeated by 4 runs against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) who posted a mammoth 221 runs on board at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
England’s Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets- Martin Rickett/Pool via AP

Stuart Broad Surprised At Rajasthan Opting To Play Jos Buttler In The Middle Order

After Punjab’s captain keeper KL Rahul (91) and middle order batsman Deepak Hooda’s (64) heroics had led PBKS to a gigantic 221/6, RR’s opening combination of Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra failed to provide them with a good start, and the duo was back in the hut with just 25 runs on the board.

Replying to a tweet by Sky Sports after the dismissal of Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad expressed his surprise at Rajasthan opting to play Jos Buttler (25 off 13 balls) in the middle order instead of opening the batting with him.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

Coming in to bat at No.4, Jos Buttler looked in sublime touch as he smashed four consecutive boundaries off the fifth over of the innings, bowled by IPL debutant Punjab Kings pacer Riley Meredith.

But just as he was beginning to snatch a bit of momentum back for Rajasthan along with captain Sanju Samson (119* off 63 balls), Jos Buttler was undone by an excellent slower delivery bowled by another IPL debutant and another Australian, pacer Jhye Richardson.

Stuart Broad, Michael Vaughan, and Harsha Bhogle have questioned Rajasthan Royals’ decision to not play Jos Buttler as an opener during Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings match in IPL 2021. All the three were confused and surprised to watch Jos Buttler batting at no.4 position instead of an opener during the match.

They expressed their confusion over the matter on Twitter. England cricketer Stuart Broad called Jos Buttler the best opening wicket-keeper in the world in his tweet and questioned why he is not opening for Rajasthan Royals.

Stuart Broad’s Opinions Echoed By Harsha Bhogle And Michael Vaughan

Rajasthan’s move of not opening with Jos Buttler was also questioned by commentators Harsha Bhogle and former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter. Jos Buttler’s dismissal after scoring 25 off 13 balls left RR’s chase stuttering with the score at 70/3 from 7.3 overs. However, with the required asking run-rate touching 12 runs in an over, a struggling Sanju Samson slowly but surely started finding the middle of the bat.

The 26-year-old Sanju Samson was on 29 off 22 balls at the time of Jos Buttler’s untimely dismissal but smashed 90 runs off the next 41 balls he faced to almost pull off the impossible for his team.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Well-supported by Shivam Dube (23) and Riyan Parag’s (25) quickfire cameos, Sanju Samson never looked ruffled and went about his business in a nonchalant manner, smashing 12 sixes and 7 fours in what was his third IPL century. In fact, with 13 runs needed off the last over bowled by young Arshdeep Singh, victory seemed to be there for the taking for RR.

But left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh delivered his wide yorkers well, making it difficult for Sanju Samson to get under the ball, and conceded only one maximum off the first five balls of the over. With 5 needed off the last ball, Sanju Samson failed to clear the ropes and could only slice another wide yorker into the hands of Deepak Hooda towards the extra cover boundary for a heart-breaking RR loss.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
Kings XI Punjab bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
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Arshdeep Singh Reveals His Heart Was Beating Fast When He Was Set To Bowl The Final Over

Arshdeep Singh was PBKS’s best bowler as he took 3 wickets conceding 35 runs, including that of RR captain Sanju Samson, to tilt the match in Punjab Kings’ favour at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

Arshdeep Singh is only in his third year in the extravagant Indian Premier League but the 22-year-old has already bowled some match-winning spells for Punjab Kings and he did it again on Monday night in their 4-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring humdinger in Mumbai.

Arshdeep Singh (BCCI/IPL)
Arshdeep Singh (BCCI/IPL)

Arshdeep Singh Takes 3/35 And Defends 13 Runs In Final Over As Rajasthan Loses Despite Sanju Samson’s Ton

Sanju Samson’s 119 went in vain as RR failed to chase down the stiff target of 222 in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium. Sanju Samson took the match to the very end but still ended up on the losing side despite setting the record for the highest score by a player on captaincy debut.

PBKS had the worst record among all teams in the death overs in IPL 2020 and they struggled once again in this game as RR needed 48 off the final 4 with Sanju Samson on the song. It was only Arshdeep Singh who kept his nerves even as the rest of the bowlers got a real hammering at the hands of the RR skipper. Apart from Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh, the other bowlers conceded more than 10 runs per over.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Sanju Samson brought up his 3rd IPL hundred off 54 balls and kept getting the big shots with success despite losing partners at the other end. With 13 runs needed from the final over, skipper KL Rahul handed the ball over to Arshdeep Singh, who managed to concede 0, 1, 1, 6, 0 runs in his first 5 balls before picking Sanju Samson’s wicket off the final ball to win the match for Punjab.

Arshdeep Singh: Heart Was Beating Fast In The Last Over

Arshdeep Singh described his emotions after the match was over, revealing how fast his heart was beating before bowling the final over.

“Now it is beating pretty good. Before the last over, it was beating pretty fast. The plan was simple and it was to execute six balls wide outside off. I tried to york him.

“The only thing he could get was a four. But he got under one of those. But still the plan was to execute the same. The staff and the captain have been very supportive. They were telling me in the practice game, what role I need to play. That really helps the confidence.”

“The form was really good in the 20 over tournament (Syed Mushtaq Ali). The ball was coming out nicely. We have a knack of playing close games. Good to get those two points,” Arshdeep said on Star Sports.

Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings during the match between Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.(ANI Photo/ IPL Twitter)
Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings. (ANI Photo/ IPL Twitter)

Arshdeep Singh had picked 3 wickets in his debut season in 2019. Arshdeep Singh played 8 games for the Punjab Kings in the 2020 season, scalping 9 wickets and will continue to be a part of the PBKS set up for the 2021 season.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by a sensational Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the last over, helping the side seal a 4-run win.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

Jhye Richardson and Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Jhye Richardson and Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Sunil Gavaskar Didn’t Recognize Pacer Jhye Richardson In A Flight, Believes The Latter Was A “School Kid”

Sunil Gavaskar recalled a hilarious encounter with PBKS pacer Jhye Richardson on a Dubai-Mumbai flight, ahead of the Punjab Kings clash against Rajasthan Royals.

Punjab Kings handed a debut to fast bowler Jhye Richardson in their opening game of the Indian Premier League 2021 season against Rajasthan Royals. It hardly came as a surprise with Punjab struggling with the fast-bowling attack in the previous season and spending 14 crores on the Australian speedster at the auctions.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar Said That Jhye Richardson Looked Like A School Kid And He Didn’t Recognize The Pacer In Flight

Speaking before the start of the match, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar recounted a hilarious encounter with Richardson that happened during Dubai to Mumbai flight.

“I was sitting next to Jhye Richardson in the Dubai to Mumbai flight about 8-10 days ago,” Sunil Gavaskar recalled.

“He looked like a school kid to me, in his shorts. I did not recognize him. The aircraft was pretty empty. He sat one row behind me because of social distancing,” Sunil Gavaskar further added.

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. Image Credits: Twitter

“Simon Doull was on the flight. I said to him – you were talking to him, who was he – and he told me it’s Jhye Richardson. And I thought he was someone who had just come out of school,” he further said.

Jhye Richardson, the Australian pacer who was bought by Punjab Kings for Rs 14 crore at IPL 2021 auction, has said that the price tag was scary but life-changing at the same time. Jhye Richardson has played 2 Tests, 13 ODIs, and 14 T20Is for Australia so far. He has scalped 82 wickets from his 67 T20 matches.

Sunil Gavaskar: KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings Has A Better Pace Attack Than Last Time

Sunil Gavaskar further explained how the addition of Jhye Richardson and pacer Riley Meredith will help KL Rahul this season.

“But Rahul who captained Punjab last time is more experienced than Sanju Samson. If you look at his pace attack with Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith – he has a better pace attack than he had last time around. That will make the difference,” Gavaskar went on.

“But if he (Richardson) bowls well, and we have seen him bowl for Australia, that will be the thrust that both these bowlers (Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson) can provide them, that will be exactly what Punjab would be looking for,” Gavaskar signed off.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by a sensational Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the last over, helping the side seal a 4-run win.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

There was no stopping the RR skipper Sanju Samson though as the right-hander brought up a magnificent century, becoming the first batsman to get a hundred on IPL captaincy debut. Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith were expensive but picked 1 wicket apiece for PBKS. Young pacers Chetan Sakariya of Rajasthan and Arshdeep Singh of Punjab picked 3 scalps each.

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab dished out another high-scoring thriller, and Punjab ended up on the winning side as they opened their account in the 14th edition of the league. Sanju Samson’s 119 might not have secured a win for his team Rajasthan, but makes him the batsman in the Rajasthan camp to watch out for.

More importantly, it does assure the Rajasthan Royals management that the added burden of captaincy will not necessarily have an impact on his batting. Also deserving of plaudits are Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, and Chetan Sakariya as the uncapped Indians would’ve probably caught the national selector’s notice with their efforts.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Reckons Arshdeep Singh Has Turned The Table For Kings XI Punjab
Arshdeep Singh. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Heaps Praise On KXIP’s Exciting Prospect Arshdeep Singh

Cricketer-turned-commentator Gautam Gambhir believes that the fortune for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has changed in the last matches because they have got three special death-over bowlers. But he names that Arshdeep Singh has a major impact on all the results of KXIP.

Kings XI Punjab had a forgetful start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, losing six matches out of seven. But they had made a strong comeback winning four matches in a row and are favourites to clear for playoffs.

While speaking on ESPNCricinfo, Gautam Gambhir stated that what has changed for KXIP in the last couple of matches which has turned the tide for them.

KL Rahul has the luxury of three death over bowlers: Gautam Gambhir

IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Heaps Praise On KXIP's Exciting Prospect Arshdeep Singh 1
KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

The former Indian cricketer said that KL Rahul has now got Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh for death over bowling option. He added that it is a luxury for any captain to have three options to bowl crucial overs.

“The best thing is that KL Rahul now has three fast bowlers to whom he can give the ball to in the death overs – Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh,” Gambhir said.

“If you look at the first seven games for KXIP, KL Rahul had to search whom to give the overs to in the death overs. Now he has three options. When any captain has three options in the death – it is a luxury, ” he said.

Credit for change in KXIP goes to Arshdeep Singh: Gambhir

IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Heaps Praise On KXIP's Exciting Prospect Arshdeep Singh 2
Arshdeep Singh. Image Credit: IPL.

But Gautam Gambhir admitted the biggest positive factor for KXIP had been the young pacer Arshdeep Singh. He said that being a domestic player while inexperienced in comparison to his teammates, Arshdeep has given exceptional performance and has changed the dynamic for Punjab.

“The credit for this I would like to give to Arshdeep Singh. Because Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan are both international bowlers. But Arshdeep is a young, domestic cricketer and he has bowled well in the death overs. It has helped in changing the structure and compensation of the entire team since Arshdeep has been in the playing XI,” Gautam Gambhir further said.

Arshdeep Singh has featured in six matches and has picked up nine wickets. Against SRH, he starred for KXIP, picking two back-to-back wickets in the last over of the game — and guiding them to 12 runs victory.

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Chris Jordan. Image Credit: IPL.
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Chris Jordan: Manish Pandey’s Wicket Most Important

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) star Chris Jordan said Manish Pandey’s wicket was the most important after his side secured a miracle win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

On last night, KXIP secured a 12-run win over SRH in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after KXIP successfully defended 126 runs as the bowlers dismissed SRH for only 114 runs as both pacers Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh took three wickets apiece to guide KXIP to victory.

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Chris Jordan Thinks Manish Pandey’s Wicket Was Most Important

Chris Jordan got hold of Manish Pandey, Jason Holder and Rashid Khan in the match but termed Manish Pandey’s wicket as the most important.

“I think Manish’s wicket was the most important wicket,” Jordan told the team’s fielding coach Jonty Rhodes in a video posted by iplt20.com when the latter asked which was his most important wicket.
Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey
Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi also contributed by picking 1 wicket apiece and none of the bowlers conceded more than 8.5 runs per over. Ravi Bishnoi and Chris Jordan were the most economical.

Arshdeep Singh Wasn’t Looking For Hat-trick But Focused On Bowling Dot Balls

Arshdeep Singh clinched all his three wickets in his last two overs after dismissing Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg and Sandeep Sharma. He also had the opportunity to complete a hat-trick but Arshdeep Singh said he was more focused on bowling dot balls rather than getting a hat-trick.

Nicholas Pooran top-scored with 32 as Chris Gayle and KL Rahul scored at run a ball as KXIP posted 126/7 which was enough as SRH managed only 114 in reply with David Warner top-scoring with 35 runs. SRH lost the last 7 wickets for only 14 runs.

Arshdeep Singh with his KXIP teammates.
Arshdeep Singh with his KXIP teammates. Image Credit: IPL.

“I was not looking for the hat-trick. I was looking to bowl dot balls. The main plan was to keep things simple,” he said.

With this win, KXIP now has 10 points in 11 matches with 5 wins and is placed at the fifth spot in the points table. On the other hand, SRH is in sixth place with 8 points from 4 wins.