- KXIP lost their must-win game against Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.
- Rising Pune Supergiant bundled out KXIP for 73 runs.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) faced Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in a virtual knockout game at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Sunday. The equation was simple - whoever won would have qualified for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 playoffs. RPS did it with ease as they defeated KXIP comprehensively by nine wickets.
As a result, KXIP was knocked out of the IPL playoffs race and Steve Smith's side climbed to the second spot in the IPL points table. With this defeat, KXIP mentor and team director, Virender Sehwag, was extremely disappointed. He slammed the foreign players for their dismal performances with the bat.
"I'm very disappointed. I can say that none of the foreign players took responsibility. At least one of the top-four batsmen should have batted for 12/15 overs, but none of the batsmen took the responsibility. I think they were complaining that the wicket was a bit slow but when you play international cricket so much, you should get used to playing on difficult or good wickets," Sehwag was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
"There are very rare occasions when you get a good wicket to bat on, but whatever wicket you get, you have to play at least 20 overs for your side. But (Glenn) Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, (Martin) Guptill and (Eoin) Morgan (were all disappointing). The way we fought back against KKR and Mumbai, we had a good chance to play against Pune. But we didn't do well (here)."
Sehwag was particularly disappointed with KXIP skipper Glenn Maxwell. His performances in most of the games have been poor and that is what has hurt KXIP in this ongoin IPL campaign.
"We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own. But he didn't fire in most games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he's experienced, having played for Australia's Test and ODI teams. He didn't take the responsibility as a captain and didn't perform for Kings XI Punjab," Sehwag added.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:55 PM IST