Punjab Kings (PBKS) left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar said Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli’s early onslaught in Friday’s IPL match did not demoralise him as he knew he would get a second chance.
Kohli had hit Brar for a six and a four in the first two overs as the youngster playing his first IPL match of the season conceded 17 runs in two overs.
But then he came back in his third over, taking two wickets off the first two balls. He bowled Kohli on the first ball and then got rid of Maxwell on the next ball.
“I wasn’t overwhelmed when Kohli hit me because a bowler always gets a second chance to come back. My first IPL wicket was Kohli paaji’s wicket and that was very special. It came out in a flow after that, your body opens up, you get confident and things fall in place,” said the 25-year-old from Moga.
“They’ll be happy at home (Moga) I am sure. It’s their best wishes that have got me here. I didn’t feel anything about being hit for six because a bowler always has a chance to come back. So I knew I could come back.”
Brar had also hit an unbeaten 25 off 17 deliveries earlier to take PBKS to 179/5 in 20 overs.
“When I went into bat there was time to wait and see for an over or two. [K.L.] Rahul bhai was there at the other end to talk to me about the conditions and such,” said Brar.
“Punjabis make their presence felt whenever they are on the ground,” Brar said after winning his first MoM award in IPL.
Talking about the match, a fine effort by KL Rahul and rookie all-rounder Harpreet Brar powered Punjab Kings to a 34-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Leading the side from the front, Rahul scored a fine 91* off 57 deliveries and guided Punjab to a stiff 179/5 in their 20 overs.
In response to Punjab’s 179, RCB could only manage 145/8 in their 20 overs.