Punjab Kings (PBKS) stand-in skipper, Mayank Agarwal, said that he hopes of a quick return of KL Rahul into the side. His comments came after PBKS’ 7-wicket defeat at the expense of the Delhi Capitals.
In Rahul’s absence, Mayank slammed an unbeaten 99 to take the team to a total of 166/6. However, in reply, the Capitals chased down the target with 7 wickets and 14 balls to spare, thanks largely to Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten knock of 69.
Earlier on Sunday, KL Rahul was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. He had complained of severe abdominal pain on Saturday night. As a result, he was taken to the hospital to run further tests.
“KL Rahul is going for surgery and hopefully he should be back. Would’ve liked two points but I guess we were about 10 short on that wicket. And the kind of powerplay they had we really had to scrap and fight,” Mayank Agarwal said at the post-match press conference.
“One batsman has to bat through, that was my plan. It was my day, I took that responsibility Unfortunately we didn’t get too many in the middle overs, even though we finished well. Would have loved two points more than anything else. But it is what it is.
“We have to shut this off, turn up next game and do better. Managing the ups and downs is what captaincy’s all about. Kudos to Harpreet who showed up for us today and last game as well, he also hit a crucial boundary. We need to keep at it and click as a team,” he added.
With this win, the Capitals moved to the top of IPL 2021 points table with six wins and 12 points while Punjab remain in sixth place with as many points. PBKS will now lock horns with RCB on Thursday.