Charl Langeveldt

To score more runs, you need middle-order: Charles Langeveldt

Following yet another loss this season, Charl Langeveldt, the bowling coach for the Punjab Kings, has urged his hitters to “put more runs on the board.” As of right present, PBKS has dropped six of their eight games, with the exception of one at their new Mullanpur home base.

Sam Curran, PBKS’s acting captain, chose to bat first on a worn wicket, setting up a classic batting collapse. But after a half-century opening stand, things didn’t exactly go as planned as the home team lost 7 for 47 runs. This time, not even Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma could save PBKS, as seen by the team’s 142 all out total.

“It is disappointing. Along with the staff and the supporters, the players are also hurt, according to Langeveldt. “We played the ball with a lot of character. For the first time in three games, we had a strong powerplay at bat, but we faltered in the middle innings because their spinners were too good for our hitters. To score more runs, we only need middle order up front. On that wicket, we were maybe 20 runs short.”

The spinners for the Gujarat Titans took seven wickets in 13 overs, which is the most any team has bowled this season. The most notable was R Sai Kishore, who had a 4 for 33 figure. In reaction, Harpreet Singh Bhatia was preferred as an Impact Player substitute in the middle of a collapse, therefore PBKS had to settle for Rahul Chahar on the bench.

“It was the idea, we could have another spinner [Rahul] Chahar to play in but obviously when you’re batting and you’ve had a collapse like that, it’s better to get the runs on board,” Langeveldt explained. “Getting more runs on the board is something we want to improve on. The hitters will feel a little more confident heading into the final few games since we will be travelling and playing on stronger batting wickets. We treat every game as though it were the semifinal or championship, but it happens.

“The next location, Eden Gardens in Kolkata, would undoubtedly make the hitters delighted. When we play at better scoring grounds or various settings, the bowlers also need to step up. We can only hope that our batters will do well.

PBKS is currently ranked second lowest in the league standings after more than half of the games have been played, but Langeveldt is still optimistic about the season.

“We still need to hold that conviction. The boys demonstrated a great deal of character in the field, and we are the bright side. All we have to do is prevail; there is plenty to be gained.”