Anil Kumble, a former coach of the Punjab Kings (PBKS), praised Shahrukh Khan for his brilliant cameo against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), which helped the team earn their third victory of the IPL 2023 season. On Saturday, April 15, at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Punjab defeated KL Rahul and Co. by two wickets with three balls remaining.
Following KL Rahul’s amazing effort of 74 runs off 56 balls, LSG scored a respectable 159 runs in their first innings. In response, Punjab continued to lose wickets at regular intervals after debutant Yudhvir Singh Charak dismissed Atharva Taide and Prabhsimran Singh, who were both debutants. Matthew Short joined the effort and scored a few goals to keep the chase alive, but he was eventually dismissed for 34 runs.
Sikandar Raza entered the game and led the innings with a 41-ball 57 to keep PBKS competitive. Shahrukh Khan, however, was the one who gave the innings a boost with the huge runs and led the team to victory with his quick-fire performance of an undefeated 23 runs off 10 balls. Anil Kumble, a former cricketer, praised the batsman who entered the game at the crucial time and brought his team to victory.
Speaking on Khan’s match-winning cameo, famous Indian player Anil Kumble praised the youngster’s gutsy knock and finishing skills despite playing under duress. This will give him a lot of confidence moving into the second part of the tournament.
“He completes things. It was really good to watch him wrap things up since that is what he does for Tamil Nadu when he plays for them. He appeared towards the very end of the previous game as well. On JioCinema, Kumble stated that this one was under pressure.
“With Sikander Raza getting out in the previous over and Harpreet Brar on the other end, they needed to score roughly 10 runs per over in the final two overs. That 23 was made well, capping out the Punjab innings. He will have a lot more confidence after this moving into the second half of the competition,” he continued.
After defeating LSG, PBKS improved to 3-1 overall in their 5 games this year. On Thursday, April 20, the team will compete against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
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