The wait for an Indian Premier League trophy continues for Punjab Kings as they were knocked out by Rajasthan Royals after losing their last league game by four wickets at the HPCA Stadium at Dharamsala on Friday, May 19.
In the 14 league games, Punjab have managed to win only six matches and are currently eighth in the points table. Wasim Jaffer, the batting coach of the side shared his views on the season and the performance of the team against Royals in the post-match press conference.
"It has been a disappointing season, without a doubt. With the kind of squad that we had, we needed to be in the top half of the table. We have definitely underperformed. We should have won a couple of tight ones. But like I said in the preview also, the batting and bowling haven’t clicked together. That was the case throughout," he said.
“Sometimes, the bowling has let us down. Initially, the batting wasn’t clicking together. I don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty, but we have not played that perfect game apart from that Delhi game, where we won by 30-odd runs. Every game was a tight one - whether we won or lost. There’s no excuse that we underperformed."
"We play in Mohali, which has very batting-friendly conditions; it’s tough for the bowlers. But still, the kind of bowling attack we had, especially fast bowlers and even spinners, we should have bowled better in certain conditions. We didn’t live up to expectations as a bowling unit," he further added.
The 45-year-old also stated that the squad had a settled look and the team management did not want to change much, but injuries did not leave them with much choice.
"I don't think we chopped and changed too much, and it was more to do with the injuries than anything. If it was a spin-friendly condition, we played Raza, or if it was good batting conditions, we played four fast bowlers. Considering the last few years, we had a pretty settled squad, and the changes were according to the situations or the match-ups," he concluded.