shikhar dhawan ruled out
PBKS spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi confirmed Shikhar Dhawan’s imminent return from injury, expressing optimism that the opener could be available for the team’s next IPL match.

Punjab Kings have struggled this IPL season with just two wins in eight games. Their captain, Shikhar Dhawan, got injured during a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad and has missed three games since then.

Spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi confirmed Dhawan’s absence for the upcoming match against Kolkata Knight Riders but mentioned his ongoing recovery. Joshi expressed hope that Dhawan might return for their next game against Chennai Super Kings.

“Shikhar Dhawan was injured on the ground, we miss his batting services. He is on the road to recovery. We saw him batting at the nets. Hopefully, he is in the recovery process and will be fit for the next game,” Joshi said.

“It’s important to understand that any team will go through wins and losses. Our focus is to rise again. This is a short format of the game, where you might get hit for a six on the best ball or you get a wicket on a loose ball. It depends on how you prepare your body for the day of the game and how mentally relaxed you are. Every time you face the stress of performing, your body may not fire. You have to calm down and play one ball at a time,” he added.

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KKR has emerged as a strong contender in this IPL season, securing five wins out of seven games. Despite their impressive spin bowling, PBKS will remain confident in facing the challenge. Joshi emphasized the importance of readiness and adaptability in the dynamic environment of the IPL.

Joshi also believes that while KKR has a strong record at home, the pressure will be on them to maintain their form. PBKS will focus on refining their performance, particularly in avoiding middle-over wicket losses.

 “We are a team. We win together or we lose together. Even if win or lose by 1 run or wicket, the team takes it head-on and moves on,” he concluded.



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Last Updated on April 26, 2024

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