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Sunil Gavaskar praises KL Rahul’s captaincy, credits Anil Kumble for KXIP turnaround

By: PTI | Dubai |

Updated: October 26, 2020 2:56:37 pm





Anil Kumble with Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul in a observe session. (Source: File)

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar has attributed Kings XI Punjab’s spectacular turnaround of fortunes within the IPL to the captaincy of KL Rahul and the combating spirit of head coach Anil Kumble.

Down within the dumps after 5 successive losses, KXIP scripted a outstanding comeback, notching up 4 wins on the trot to seize the fifth place with 10 factors within the IPL standings. They are in with an opportunity to make the playoffs with three extra video games to go.

“You know, they have just found the winning way! They seem to have lost that at the start of the tournament,” the previous India skipper mentioned in Star Sports’ present Cricket Live.

“Remember, each time they had been near profitable and so they went into the tremendous over of their first-ever sport after which once more, after that they had been shedding within the ultimate overs.

“Then, somewhere down the line, they found that key, that takes them to a win and the last few games, they have played exceptional cricket.”

KXIP had been merely sensational of their final sport after they defended 126 for a 12-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

“Last match, to defend a 126 takes a lot of doing, takes a lot of self-belief and that’s what they showed. They have been brilliantly led by KL Rahul,” Gavaskar mentioned.

“KL Rahul has grown into the captaincy role…he made sure, with his field placing, with his bowling changes, even giving Chris Jordan that 19th over and then trusting Arshdeep (Singh) to defend 14 in the final over is fantastic.”

Gavaskar additionally lauded the position performed by head coach Kumble, who joined the franchise this season.

“Do not forget the role of Anil Kumble! Anil Kumble has been a fighter all his cricketing career, you could see when he went out with a broken jaw and bowled, and that spirit is seen in the KXIP,” he mentioned referring to the 2002 Test sequence towards the West Indies.

“That is the reason why they have comeback from impossible situations and are now in the hunt for the place in the playoffs.”

KXIP will tackle Kolkata Knight Riders in a vital match on Monday.

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