Punjab Kings lost their first game of the UAE leg against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag feels that the side can only blame themselves for the result at the end of the game. He further said that the side was a little unlucky to not see things go their way in the final few overs. Needing four runs in the final over, the side lost by two runs to go down to seventh on the points table.
Virender Sehwag gave many reasons behind Punjab Kings’ loss. The former Kings mentor said that the openers should have got the job done after getting the start that they did. He criticised Mayank Agarwal for getting out at the wrong time.
Mayank Agarwal Should Have Finished The Job: Virender Sehwag
“Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul should do the same because that is the responsibility of the top-3. The new batsman doesn’t know much about the pitch or how to play on it but you are there for 40-50 balls. The team shouldn’t lose like this. If it was for Chris Gayle, I guarantee that if he had scored 50-60, he wouldn’t have let PBKS lose. He would have won the game for them” said Sehwag.
Wow! Defending 4 in the final over, giving away only 1.
Brilliant from Kartik Tyagi. Punjab can only blame themselves #PBKSvRR
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 21, 2021
Sehwag further spoke about the side being unlucky to lose games like these in the final over. He said that it was an unlucky game for Punjab Kings.
“Singling out the player for defeat would be a bit difficult for this match. I would say that luck didn’t favor them but still if we have to pick someone, it should be Mayank Agarwal. If you are in form and scoring runs then you should finish the game and not leave it on anyone else… I always talk about Ruturaj (Gaikwad), he scored 89 not out, played 20 overs, even played the last ball and hit a six which probably won the game for CSK” said Sehwag.
Virender Sehwag also pointed out how Markram made a huge blunder by not taking the strike back in the final over.
“He’s not out on 26 and didn’t play a single ball in the last over. He’s an international player, a senior player, it was his right to reach out to the non-striker batsman and say that he has to run [to rotate strike] no matter where the ball goes. You should have taken the strike back because you have already played 20 deliveries. I believe that’s another mistake” concluded Sehwag.
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