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8 Apr 2021
While Punjab Kings had one of the dismal runs in the encounter against Chennai Super Kings on Friday in Mumbai, the team found a new, strong power-hitter in Shahrukh Khan who struck majority of the runs for the side while they were rattled by the CSK bowling attack.
Featuring in just his second IPL match for the Punjab franchise, Shahrukh showed why he is compared to the big players in world cricket already. While the aggressive right-handed batsman scored a 36-ball 47 during the course of his team’s 106/8 in 20 overs, only three other players managed to touch the double-figure mark.
Talking about his role in the team, Shahrukh suggested that he is there in the side to take up the responsibility of finishing the game but there can be situations where he needs to stick around.
“My role is playing down the order as a finisher but you don’t expect to go out and blast in every game because there will be situations where the team bundles out and you need to take responsibility and see the team through,” he said at the post-match press conference.
“I’m branded as a complete finisher. I am a good batsman, I was batting up the order for Tamil Nadu for a couple of years. So, I’ve been batting at the top order,” he added.
CSK bowlers especially Deepak Chahar ripped apart the Punjab Kings batting line up after he bagged a four-wicket haul at the cost of just 13 runs in 4 overs. Some brilliant bowling and fielding efforts in the middle from CSK denied the KL Rahul-led side to take the upper-hand at any given stage of the match.
Later, Chennai lost an early wicket in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad but Fat du Plessis and Moeen Ali dominated the Punjab bowlers thoroughly as the two put up a partnership of 66 runs for the second wicket as Chennai eventually won by 6 wickets.
Punjab Kings will now play Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Sunday while CSK will face Rajasthan Royals on Monday at the same venue.