Under the captaincy of KL Rahul, Kings XI Punjab were at the bottom of the point table after losing five consecutive matches, but after that they won four consecutive matches and have now reached fifth position with 10 points. He is yet to play three more matches and has a chance to make it to the playoffs. Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has credited KL Rahul’s captaincy and head coach for his good performance in the last few matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Punjab. Anil has given Kumble’s spirit.
“He has found a way to win,” Gavaskar told Star Sports’ program Cricket Live. At the start of the tournament it seems they could not achieve it. Every time they came close to victory, losing in the last over. After that they found the key that made them win the match. ”Let us tell you that Punjab successfully defended 126 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match. Gavaskar said that much needed to be done to defend 126 runs in the last match. There was a need to show confidence and they did so. KL Rahul spearheaded him very well.
He said that Rahul has matured into a captaincy role. Anil will also not ignore Kumble’s role. Kumble has been a fighter throughout his career. You may remember that he had landed to bowl (in the 2002 Test match against the West Indies) despite having broken a jaw and this feeling is reflected in the team of Kings XI. Gavaskar said that is the reason he returned under difficult circumstances and now he is in the race for a place in the playoffs.