Updated April 22nd, 2024 at 14:02 IST

'We just need the middle order': Punjab Kings coach identifies struggling PBKS' problem in IPL

Punjab Kings went down by 3 wickets against Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday at the new PCA Stadium, Mullanpur.,

Punjab Kings have consistently underperformed in IPL | Image:BCCI/IPL

Punjab Kings went down by 3 wickets against Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday at the new PCA Stadium, Mullanpur. After winning the toss and batting first the Kings posted a modest total of 142. The Kings bowling unit showcased their fighting spirit and pushed the match to the final over.

Punjab Kings Fast Bowling Coach Charl Langeveldt praised his side for their tenacity and said that they still have the belief to make a comeback in the tournament.


"It was a disappointing result. The players showed a lot of character with the ball and on the field. You still have to have that belief. We have a positive side. There is a lot to play. We just need to win," he said.

The stand-in skipper Sam Curran and Prabhsimran began well for Punjab with the bat, hammering a score of 50 plus in the powerplay overs. Langeveldt credited the openers for returning to form on the night but admitted his side fell short by a few runs.


"We had a good powerplay with the bat. But in the middle period, their spinners had too much quality for our batters and we struggled. We just needed the middle order to get We were probably 20-30 runs short on that wicket," he said.

Curran echoed remarks and praised the bowling unit for their fighting performance, while also admitting his side fell a few runs short on the night. "The effort with the ball was incredible, and the commitment and fight were amazing. Anything above 160 would have been a par total but we still fought well. Prabhsimran played well in the powerplay but unfortunately, we lost a cluster of wickets after that. Now we know what to do, we have to win every game," he said.


Punjab will now return on the road and will make their way to Eden Gardens, Kolkata to face off against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Langeveldt believes that their batters will be eager to get on more batting-friendly surfaces.

"In Mullanpur, it was the same wicket as the last few games. It did not turn as much, but it just hauled up in the wicket. So, it made it hard for batters as the ball was stopping. Ahead of our next game, as we get on the road, our batters are going to be happy about the next venue. We want to improve and put more runs on the board. It will help in increasing our confidence going into the last few games," he said.


Langeveldt added that Punjab's bowlers will also have to maintain their intensity on high-scoring grounds to ensure they get good results. "But it also means that our bowlers will also need to step up as well on high-scoring grounds," he said.

"We need to look forward. It will be a good challenge for the bowlers to be on the road. Even if we have a good or bad game, we always want to improve by 5 percent. We will take every game as a must-win for us now," he signed off.


Published April 22nd, 2024 at 14:02 IST