Ravichandran Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab Captain, has come out and stated, after his side's 5 wicket defeat against the Chennai Super Kings, which eliminated them from the Indian Premier League season, that a few bad games after having got off to a superb start to their campaign, changed the whole momentum around for his team.
Kings XI Punjab had won 6 of their first 9 games and then just couldn't pull off a performance together as a team losing all their games thereafter.
Ashwin talked about his teams' day out against CSK and their overall season. He said, “Few tough days at the office now. We didn’t bat well, we lost too many wickets early. Karun batted well but we were 20-30 below par. We put down a catch – that’s been our story,”
“We had a horrible May. We had a bowler for the conditions in Ankit, we should have latched onto that catch. The first half we were playing down at Mohali and our middle order didn’t show up in the latter half,”
He concluded by praising a few positives and reflecting on the overall situation. He said, “Ankit was a positive, among many others – KL doing really well, we have the purple cap too. We haven’t really put ourselves in a position where we can command a win on our terms. To be very blunt about it, our game against RCB cost us a lot – momentum and morale.”