“The momentum was feeling good before the IPL,” Arshdeep told broadcasters after taking 4 for 29 in Punjab Kings’ hard-fought win over Mumbai. “I changed my run-up a bit, and that helped my no-balls.” crisis,”
And what’s the pressure, Danny Morrison asked. “I think Danny you should come over to me and feel the heartbeat; it’s not even 120.”
“I don’t think personally I should get the man of the match (award), (after) the way the boys finished the game,” Curran said. “Arshdeep and Nathan were unbelievable. The spinners bowled really well.”
Curran said that despite the absence of regular captain Shikhar Dhawan, the depth that the Kings have in their line-up – Jitesh Sharma and Shahrukh Khan were placed at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively against Mumbai – allowed them to bat freely and play their part. Helped the team recover. The score in the tenth over was 83 runs for four wickets. Curran and Harpreet Bhatia added 92 runs in eight overs, before Jitesh scored 25 runs in just seven balls – which included four sixes.
“The moment I went out to bat, I knew I had to give myself a bit of a chance,” Curran said. “Maybe (in previous matches) the way I batted, I wanted to go (bigger) a little bit earlier than (necessarily). I considered that. We have a really long batting line-up. Jitesh just came in and Bang, bang, bang! We know we’ve got it in the shed. Even without the summit… we just have to take that responsibility.”
He said, “We have played six matches so far; we have won three and lost three. At the moment Stevens is doing the same.” “There’s still a lot of time left in the tournament; we can’t really look down and start worrying too much about things. It’s about staying in the game and the competition and continuing to do the right things.
“Credit to Arshdeep for how he bowled the last few overs. It wasn’t really our day but we gave it a good fight.”