Punjab Kings (PBKS) fast bowler Arshdeep Singh has defended teammate Odean Smith after his overthrow in the final over resulted in Rahul Tewatia getting bacon on strike. With 12 runs needed off the last two deliveries, Tewatia hit back-to-back sixes to help Gujarat Titans (GT) to a nail-biting victory.
Arshdeep, however, played the incident down saying that these questions have arisen since PBKS lost the game. "If we look back, there will be a lot of things like that. But we don't think about those things on matchday," Arshdeep said in the virtual press conference.
"We'll briefly look at our mistakes and what we did good tomorrow. I guess these questions are only raised due to the result. If we had won, these questions wouldn't have been raised."
Speaking of the emotions that the team went through in the last two deliveries of the match, Arshdeep said that they try and keep the environment as stable as possible regardless of the environment.
"The emotions have stabilised now because in the last 2-3 years with Punjab Kings or Kings XI Punjab there have been a lot of these exciting last-ball, last-over thrillers," Arshdeep, one of two players retained by PBKS ahead of the season, said.
"So it was nothing special. Whatever the situation, we try to be stable, whether we win or lose we try to keep the team environment stable and enjoy our cricket."
While GT have maintained a 100% record this season so far, PBKS have lost two of their four matches. PBKS next play Mumbai Indians (MI) on Wednesday (April 13) at the MCA Stadium, Pune. GT will look to make it four wins in four, when they come up against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Monday (April 11) at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.