‘We will bounce back soon’

With his team losing by ten wickets to Chennai Super Kings in their second encounter in the sixth season of the Indian Premier League,Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist believes that his team can make a comeback in the tournament and the team has faith in its players to bounce back.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 13, 2013 1:55 am

With his team losing by ten wickets to Chennai Super Kings in their second encounter in the sixth season of the Indian Premier League,Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist believes that his team can make a comeback in the tournament and the team has faith in its players to bounce back.

The 41-year-old former Australian wicket-keeper said it was an off day for the team and youngsters are keen to perform well in the tournament.

“We were outplayed by CSK but it was just an off-day for us. We did not bat well. There were bad balls but we could not put them across the rope. It was a bad day for the team but I am sure the team will make a comeback,” he told reporters at the post-match conference.

“The tournament has just started and it was just one day which went wrong. We have a lot of youngsters and they will take time to settle down in the tournament. We can make a comeback in the tournament and I am sure that the team can bounce back after this ” he added. On his bowlers listless performance,he said that they were the same boys who were impressive in his side’s victory against Pune Warriors the other day. “The bowlers have played well in previous match,” he said.

Rahul Sharma stays confident.

Meanwhile,Punjab spinner and Pune Warriors leg-spinner Rahul Sharma said his team is particularly trying to bowl well from the period between the 16th to 20th overs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). “We are hoping to bowl well as a team between the 16th and 20th overs,since that is important. However,we bowled well in all three matches,but our batting had not clicked until today. So,if we do well in that area,it will be good,” Sharma said. Sharma returned impressive figures of two for 16 in Warriors’ win over Rajasthan Royals last night. “It feels really great when you win a match. We have a good side and it takes a while to gel,since we have a new captain,and a lot has changed for us this year — Angelo is the captain,Yuvi Paaji is back and Ross Taylor’s in the side,” said Sharma.

The leg-spinner said efforts are on to raise the energy levels on the field. “We had spoken (before the game) that we are going to keep the energy high. And that was a plus point today,as all performances were more energetic. Everyone did well with the ball,bat and on the field as a result. “Personally,I have been working really hard this year to ensure I do well this IPL for my team. And as and when I get to bowl,I will try to do well.”

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