The Punjab Kings suffered a 24-round loss in their 2023 Indian Premier League game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday afternoon. After being asked to bat by PBKS reserve captain Sam Curran, RCB scored 174/4 from 20 overs; His openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis scored a 137-run share of the opening wicket. In response, the Kings were kicked out at 150 with ten deliveries. The Kings suffered a bad midfield crash and the team was reduced to 43/4 on the power play. Poor batting performance forced all-around bowler Curran to bat early in the round.
Second batter Prabhsimran Singh scored most of the runs with Curran, who seemed to bring some stability to the PBKS chase. However, the team’s backup captain gave up his goal cheaply in the tenth game. Curran was in charge of the Punjab Kings in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently injured. Dhawan missed the team’s last two games, the second against Lucknow Super Giants.
Virender Sehwag said his words when discussing Sam Curran’s performance for Thursday’s game against RCB.
A bit of laziness cost Curran his wicket and the bowling all-rounder was
“He is an intercontinental player. But you can’t buy experience for 18 million. It only shows when you play, when your hair turns white when you play in the hot sun,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
” We think he will win games just because he was bought for 18 crores. But there is no experience with that yet. It was a bad transition, it wasn’t necessary. You are the captain, you should have stayed and tried to get to the final. But here, too, inexperience cost him,” Sehwag continued.
Curran led Kings Punjab in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan who is currently injured. Dhawan missed the team’s last two games – the second against the Lucknow Super Giants – but Curran said during the penalty shootout against RCB that the fly half was closer to full recovery.