Knocked out of the IPL-9 after they were handed a 7-wicket defeat by table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali on Saturday, Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay said they hope to put up a good show in remaining two games as they will be playing for pride now.
“We basically want to put up a show as individuals and as a team. For pride’s sake we want to put up a good show against RCB and one more game in the end against Pune,” Vijay told a news conference at PCA stadium after the defeat against the Sunrisers.
KXIP have played 12 games and won just four.
Sunrisers comfortably reached the 180 target set by Kings XI Punjab, with Hashim Amla’s 56-ball 96 knock going in vain.
Asked if Amla must be disappointed that his knock went in vain, Vijay said, “Yeah, definitely, he is a fantastic player, a world class player. The way he played on this kind of wicket, it was really great to watch from the outside and lot of thing to learn from him.”
“Obviously, to come up in the wrong side in the end is felling little sad for him, and hopefully we can take that in our chin and play the remaining games with lot more pride,” he added.
With IPL title remaining elusive for Kings XI, whose best effort has been reaching the final of the league in 2014, Vijay was asked what differently could the team have done to break the jinx.
“See, there are a lot of variables to it, we should have started well in the tournament to have a chance in the end because at the end almost all the teams are set with their eleven and they are going to come hard at us,” Vijay said.
“I personally think we have a good set up, we have a good bunch of boys who can win matches at their own right. It did not click for us this season. Hopefully, we can take positives from this season and come back and play better cricket next season.”