IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab need few games to go their way and momentum will shift, says batting coach Wasim Jaffer

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Like every year, Kings XI Punjab again looked like a very strong team on paper before the start of IPL 2020, but a few games into the tournament and things don’t seem to be going their way.

KXIP are currently at the bottom of the points table with just one win in five games, and they desperately need to turn things around if they want to make it to the playoffs. There are already statistics that suggest that they need to win 7 out of their next 9 matches to make it to that stage.

But on the eve of the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Thursday, batting coach Wasim Jaffer seemed to suggest that the team is not thinking that far ahead but just keen on taking it one game at a time.

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Looking back at the way the team has performed so far in IPL 2020, Jaffer said, “I think the boys have done well. It’s not been the ideal start, but the batting unit apart from one game has done really well.

“It’s just that we need a collective performance from our batters and bowlers, and I think that a good game is just around the corner. With it hopefully the momentum will shift our way.

“We just need a little bit rub of the green to go our way, and I am sure the boys are confident and things will turn around from here on.”

SRH need to be consistent in their performances

On Thursday, the KXIP take on David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad, another team that has not been consistent with their performance so far this season.

SRH have 2 wins and three losses in their five matches, and seem poised at the 6th spot on the points table now.

Although with the coming in of Kane Williamson, they seem to have gotten their batting unit sorted, the team is yet to have a game where the batsmen and the bowlers have both gone on to do well.

They recently also suffered a major setback due to the injury of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been ruled out of IPL 2020.

Looking forward to the clash against SRH, Jaffer said, “I think SRH is a good side without any doubt. They will be missing Bhuvi but they have got some quality players up front. They have got Rashid [Khan], so boys are mindful of that.

“But we don’t need to look at the opposite end. We just need to play our best cricket no matter who is in front of us. We just need a couple of games to go our way and the momentum will shift and we just have to carry on from over there.”

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