Before Mumbai Indians takes on Kings XI Punjab tonight, the franchise bowling coach Shane Bond depicts what they need to do to stop the stupendously in-form opposition skipper KL Rahul at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Kings XI Punjab may not be on top of the 2020 Indian Premier League table, but regarding individual batting performance, its no doubt that their captain KL Rahul has outshined all of the rest.
With a strike rate of 156.33, the opening batsman is the current top scorer with an astounding 222 runs from the last three games, including a century against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
To up their chances of coming out as the winners today, the MI bowling coach and former New Zealand pace bowler Shane Bond give an account of the strategy the squad has in mind on how to limit Rahul before he sets off his fireworks.
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We have specific ideas to get KL Rahul out: Shane Bond
Rahul has shown mastery over all kinds of different deliveries and can knock boundaries as well as the maximums to each and every direction. In the pre-match conference, Shane Bond opened up about the plans he is preparing to discuss with the MI bowling squad to limit the KXIP skipper.
“KL, look we know he’s a dynamic player, scores all around the field,” Bond said in the conference, “We also know that he takes his time generally through the middle overs. It allows us to create some pressure on him and the batsmen around him.”
“But we will have specific ideas about how we’re going to get him out,” the 45-year-old continued, “In the end, we just can’t allow him to score in the areas where he’s very strong, scores well over extra cover, can pick up over fine leg.”
Even though the absence of Lasith Malinga was a huge blow for the franchise before the start of IPL, the trio of Trent Boult, James Pattison and Jasprit Bumrah have landed impressive bowling figures in the prior matches and received emphasis from Bond.
“You know we have got a quality bowling unit so we just have to put as much pressure on him and Mayank who have been the two key batsmen for Kings XI and played brilliantly throughout the series so far,” Bond also mentioned Mayank Agarwal, who scored his maiden IPL century against Rajasthan Royals last Sunday.