TATA IPL 2024: PBKS's Langeveldt, 'We will take confidence from our win in the last game'

TATA IPL 2024: PBKS's Langeveldt, 'We will take confidence from our win in the last game'
Following an impressive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Punjab Kings are now preparing for their upcoming IPL match against the formidable Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Speaking at the pre-match conference, Charl Langeveldt, the fast bowling coach of the Punjab Kings, expressed that the team will draw confidence from their recent record-breaking win.
The Kings chased down a total of 262 at the Eden Gardens with eight wickets in hand to beat the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, with a blistering ton from the opener, Jonny Bairstow. "In sports, you always take confidence from the last game. And our last game was a good one for us. But Chennai is always a tricky wicket to play, so we will be prepared for that", Langeveldt said.
In the history of the IPL, the Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings have clashed 28 times, with Chennai emerging victorious in 15 matches and Punjab securing victory in 13 encounters. In recent years, the Punjab Kings have consistently performed well against Chennai, and they aim to continue this trend in the upcoming match.
"It's always a tricky wicket. It looks like we will be playing on a fresher wicket with extra bounce for the bowlers, seamers especially. Over the last 3–4 years, we have done well against them. But it's always hard when you are playing against the Chennai Super Kings at their home. They bowl really well here", the former Proteas speedster said. "We don't think about statistics or records. We treat every game as a new one for us. But it does build confidence that we have a good record against the Chennai Super Kings", he added.
During the last four games, Sam Curran has taken on the role of stand-in captain for Punjab Kings in place of skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who has been sidelined due to injury. Langeveldt also provided an update on the conditions of skipper Dhawan and Zimbabwean star Sikandar Raza. "Sikandar Raza has gone to represent his country. We will have an update on Dhawan by tomorrow", he said.
Chennai boasts a strong batting lineup featuring Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, and Rachin Ravindra, all of whom have been displaying good form. When queried about Punjab Kings' strategies against such a lineup, Langeveldt remained tight-lipped, keeping his plans undisclosed. "I will not reveal much. But we have plans for each individual. Everyone has strengths, and everyone has weaknesses. We have had meetings to discuss the same for each batter individually", he signed off.
Source: IANS