Back in shape with a sparkling half century, Punjab Kings’ Mayank Agarwal says he wasn’t very stressed about not shooting in the first few IPL matches and tried to stick to the things that affected him in the last edition.
Mayank, who amassed 424 runs last season in the UAE, had scored 14 and 0 against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings to make a grim start to the current season.
However, the 30-year-old from Bangalore opened his touch on Sunday when he smashed a crushing 36-ball 69 to help Punjab after 195 against four against Delhi Capitals.
“I didn’t think too much, I planned to do and keep the thinking that worked for me last year. I thought I had a good ball in the last game, I didn’t want to stress too much and I wanted to look ahead and stick so much to what works for me, “he said during a virtual press conference.
“I was good in the nets, I was in good positions, it was about keeping fit and I don’t want to live in the previous games and I’m happy with how I was.”
However, the total number was not enough, as last year’s runners-up in Delhi Capitals rushed home for 18.2 overs, driving a decoction Shikhar davanis 49-ball 92.
“I thought it was a good overall result. It wasn’t that easy in the first inning and I thought the dew was a factor coming in the second inning,” Mayank said.
“I thought Delhi Capitals beat extremely well, and there was a dew factor. Attributable to a bowling alley in Delhi how they executed after 12 overs, they went into a bowling alley to death and did it beautifully.”
Asked how he can counter the dew to make an even race, Mayank said: “I don’t think we can do much about it as players. It comes down to execution under pressure and practicing that. These are the things that are under our control. “
Punjab will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on Wednesday.