IPL 2019: Mayank Agarwal admires role of Kings XI Punjab openers, says call on availability of Mujeeb Ur Rahman to be taken on match day

Asked about batting with Gayle, Agarwal said it makes batting easier for him as the opposition would focus on getting the West Indian star out.

Press Trust of India, Apr 23, 2019 22:47:57 IST

Bengaluru :Kings XI Punjab's Mayank Agarwal is full of admiration for destructive openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul as they set the game up for their team.

"It is amazing to have both of them at the top of the order. ... they are almost always setting it up for us.

Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle of Kings XI Punjab during match 37 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Delhi Capitals and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi on the 20th April 2019 Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

File image of Mayank Agarwal (left) and Chris Gayle. Sportzpics

You just have to go out there, execute plans. It is good if your openers can go out there and get runs, nothing like it," he told reporters Tuesday on the eve of the RCB-Kings XI Punjab clash here.

Asked about batting with Gayle, Agarwal said it makes batting easier for him as the opposition would focus on getting the West Indian star out.

Agarwal said Punjab needs to win three games out of four and strive to make it to the play-offs.

"The thought process is very simple for us in the side. We have got to win three games out of four and we have got to take one game at a time, and going out there and winning those games.

As a team, if we can get momentum now and start winning now, back-to-back games, nothing like it going into the play-offs with some momentum," he said.

On Ravichandran Ashwin as captain, Agarwal said he spends a lot of time in thinking, planning and going about understanding each and every player.

"He is also a great communicator and goes out to every player with inputs," the dashing batsman said.

On Mujeeb-ur-Rehman's availability, he said a clear picture would be available by tomorrow.

Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 22:47:57 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254