Kings XI Punjab will play aggressive cricket in IPL 2017, says Virender Sehwag
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Kings XI Punjab will play aggressive cricket in IPL 2017, says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag said that he has given the Kings XI Punjab players full authority to play aggressive cricket in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 05, 2017 17:07 IST
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Virender Sehwag will play a crucial role in Kings XI Punjab’s back room policies in IPL 2017.(Getty Images)

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag said that he would allow Kings XI Punjab players to play aggressive cricket during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. (IPL COVERAGE)

Virender Sehwag is the director (cricket operations) for the Kings XI Punjab.

“We are not worried about victory or defeat. I will allow my players to play aggressive cricket (in the IPL),” he told reporters in Indore after unveiling the team’s jersey. (IPL SCHEDULE)

“The players of Kings XI Punjab would play fearlessly like I have played,” quipped the right-handed batsman.

To a question, Sehwag said “IPL was known as the game of batsmen but half of the matches in IPL were won due to bowlers, who stopped the batsmen from scoring. So, we have picked Ishant Sharma in place of Murli Vijay to sharpen our bowling attack.”

Expressing hope that performance of the team would be better, Sehwag said some players are in good form unlike the last session.

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“We have good batsmen like Martin Guptill, Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy and David Miller. If any two of these batsman perform then we can easily win the match,” he added.

Kings XI Punjab was at the bottom of the table last season having eight points in 14 matches.

Asked about it, Sehwag said “Now we can’t go down anymore. Now, we can go up. If our players would perform, our team would reach in the play off.”

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In this IPL, Holkar Stadium is also the home ground for Kings XI Punjab as three matches will be played in the city.

Sehwag said the matches at the Holkar stadium would be high scoring ones as it was a small stadium.

He said his team would love to play the matches with five bowlers.

First Published: Apr 05, 2017 17:07 IST