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“My Game Got Worse”: Virender Sehwag Shreds IPL Franchise For Ruining His Form

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Out of the old IPL franchises, which have been playing since the inaugural 2008 edition, only three franchises – Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals – are yet to win the T20 league. Indian cricket team great Virender Sehwag played for PBKS (then Kings XI Punjab) for two seasons. Now, in a blatant dig at the franchise, Sehwag has termed his time with the franchise resulted in his spectacular loss of form.

Jab mein Punjab mein gaya tab mera strike rate gir gaya. Woh kehte hai na ke jaisi sangati waisa behave karte ho. Toh waha ki sangati waisi hi thi. Jeet te the nahi, khel te acha the nahi, toh mera game aur thoda kharab ho gaya (When I went to Punjab, my strike rate went down. There’s a saying you behave like your company. Same was the case. They did not win anything or played well),” Sehwag said while speaking on Star Sports.

The start of the IPL 2024 has been lukewarm for Punjab Kings. After winning the first match against Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings lost to Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their second match on Monday.

Following his side’s win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game, Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) skipper Faf Du Plessis lauded Virat Kohli for his knock, saying that his stay was important at that playing surface and he is still passionate about the sport.
The ‘Chasemaster’ Virat roared out loud and Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik delivered fine finishes to help RCB secure four wicket win over PBKS at their home turf of Chinaswammy Stadium on Monday.

Following the match, Du Plessis said about Virat, “Virat was important on that pitch. He is still enjoying himself, very passionate about playing cricket. Fresh and motivated to do well.”

On his feelings throught the tense run chase, Faf said, “On the outside, not as much on the inside (was he calm?). Early in the competition you want to make sure you get over the line. Felt we were in the position to do that sooner. With the new Impact Player rule, we knew we had Mahipal Lomror coming in – has lot of power. Now with the extra batter you feel like even 14-15 rpo is gettable.”

He praised Dinesh for his finishing, saying, “Really pleased for him (DK). I said it the other night – really important for him to get his IPL going with confidence.”

Coming to the match, put to field by RCB, Punjab Kings (PBKS) saw their batters getting starts but none of them could convert it into something big. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (45 in 37 balls with five fours and a six), Jitesh Sharma (27 in 20 balls with a four and two sixes) and Sam Curran (23 in 17 balls) played decent knocks, but on a batting friendly Chinnaswammy, PBKS could muster only 176/6 in 20 overs.

Mohammed Siraj (2/26) and Glenn Maxwell (2/29) took two scalps each. Yash Dayal and Alzarri Joseph took a wicket each.

In the chase of 177, RCB continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Virat (77 in 49 balls, with 11 fours and two sixes) held the ship steady at the other end. After his dismissal, things got tricky for RCB, but finishing from Dinesh Karthik (28* in 10 balls, with three fours and two sixes) and Mahipal Lomror (17* in eight balls, with two fours and a six) guided the team to a four-wicket win with four balls left.

Harpreet Brar (2/13) and Kagiso Rabada (2/23) were the pick of the bowlers for PBKS.

Virat was crowned the ‘Player of the Match’

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