Our bowlers will recover quickly: Ismael Jaffer


Wasim Jaffer, the batting coach for the Punjab Kings, backed the bowlers after the team's humiliating 56-run loss to the Lucknow Super Giants on Friday (April 28) at Mohali. Jaffer opted not to make too many assumptions about the bowling performance on a night when the visitors scored the second-highest IPL total of all time. Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, and Sam Curran, the top three seamers, let up 144 runs between them in their 11 overs.

In the post-game press conference, Jaffer stated, "Don't think there are any serious concerns (about the bowling attack) because they had defended scores three times in difficult circumstances). "Be it in the earlier Kolkata game, or even against Mumbai or Rajasthan. This season, the bowling unit has consistently delivered for us. We were a little lost today since it was one of those days when everything went right for the enemy. Our bowlers will recover quickly.

As much as 74 runs came in the PowerPlay alone, demonstrating Lucknow's brutality with the bat and Kyle Mayers' early setting of the pace. Following that, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, and Nicholas Pooran made sure that the intention was never wavered. The pitch was absolutely perfect for batting, though. Jaffer acknowledges that the bowlers' execution may have been a little bit better.

Maybe we should have turned to Plan B a little bit more. like using the longer border regularly and using the slower balls a lot more. This was carried out much more skillfully by LSG, and it was successful for them. Again, though, the majority of their shoots were easily clearing the line, so we have to give them credit for that.

Shikhar Dhawan's decision to bowl at the toss appeared to be a mistake in hindsight given that teams batting first have won eight of the last 10 games, but Jaffer stood by his captain's decision. The 45-year-old was extremely complimentary of Lucknow's batting performance even though he preferred to view the bowling performance as an anomaly. The tourists continued to score runs after the frenzied powerplay, scoring 110 between overs 7 and 15.

"IPL teams frequently choose to chase after winning the toss. Obviously, dew was an issue as well. We had already seen it in practice, so that also contributed. But it's always challenging to pursue once the opposition reaches 257. In the powerplay, they got off to a quick start and never let up. It's important to give them credit.

It was surprising to see Punjab not promote any of their big hitters early given the enormous aim they had to reach. The young Atharva Taide did make the most of his chance to bat at number three, but one of the big hitters was expected to come in first. But because PBKS stuck to their usual procedure, a lot of their firepower arrived in the piece a little bit too late. Jaffer, however, didn't concur with the prevailing opinion.

"Our top-three is broken, and Taide consistently performs well on power plays. Additionally, we wanted to keep the left-right combination constant. Additionally, Raza performed well for us, which is why he was promoted, while Livingstone hadn't played much cricket for us. We reasoned that if we can get the sum closer, we will have Livingstone and Curran's influence. Jitesh and Shahrukh are only involved in the final five overs. Even though everyone gave it their all, we still came up 56 runs short.

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