Reserve captain of Punjab Kings Mayank Agarwal says they have not yet discussed whether it is explosive Chris Gale or David Malan would open the inning with him in the absence of KL Rahulwho needs surgery to treat acute appendicitis.
Regular skipper Rahul is skeptical of joining the league any time soon, although his team expects him to return to action within a week or 10 days after going under the knife at a hospital in Mumbai. As IPL kept in a bioprotective balloon, there is a quarantine period that Rahul may have to endure if he does not receive a release. It could exclude him from the entire tournament, which will end on May 30.
“This is something (Gail or Malan) that we need to talk about, but for now this is the strategy we have dealt with and got a decent result. Maybe there will be 10 leaks,” Agarwal told a post-match press conference after losing to the capital Delhi on Sunday night.
Agarwal struck the majestic undefeated 99, but his partner Prabhsimran Singh contributed only 15.
Gayle, 13, and Malan, 26, hit numbers three and four, respectively, as Punjab lost the game by seven wickets after making 166 for six. Agarwal was again unattached when asked if foreign players could be relocated to allow someone like Moises Henriques to play regularly.
“This is something we will think about in the future. With the Delhi wadding, we needed firepower to take the straps, which was missing. We support our bowling to do this for us,” he said.
Agarwal said it was not difficult to play the role of captain, but acknowledged that responsibility was changing the approach to the game.
“I was aware. We were there for meetings during the season. There was enough time to prepare. We showed up well, we would like more aggression. When you play as a fighter, you don’t think like a captain, you play the role of a player. When you are a captain and you fight , you want to take on extra responsibility, “he said.
Delhi Capitals Shimron Hetmeier the mentioned useful environment in the locker room inspires everyone to do well and this is a factor for the good show of the team.
“It plays a role. It always helps when you come in, with a clear mind and the coach supports you. In most cases, it comes out positive for us,” he said.
He also emphasized the supporting role played by head coach Ricky Ponting.
“(There is) positivity. (He) gives you the freedom to express yourself, supports you. He keeps urging you to give your best. I like him.”
The West Indian said he was comfortable in DC set up.
“This year is like feeling comfortable in the environment. You can be yourself. I was nervous the first year, last year there was not much chance.”
Hetmeier said it was not so challenging for players to play in two different places.
“Players need to be able to adapt, assess the situation, the conditions and play accordingly,” he said.
Asked about his IPL training so far, which could help him meet his national duty, Hetmeier said: “I’m trying to be more consistent, keep that positive. In the West Indies team, I’m a little taller, I’m trying get to play fewer shots. “