Kings XI Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh dedicated his match-winning innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders to his father who passed away a few days ago. It was a very emotional moment for him as he showed the mental strength to come out and play the kind of innings that he did despite the loss of his late father.
Mandeep further stated that his father had always advised him to finish off games of cricket and not throw his wicket away. He did exactly what his father wanted him to do and remained unbeaten in the end, helping KXIP beat KKR by eight wickets.
“This was very special. My father always used to tell me to remain not out in every game, definitely special. He always used to tell me, whether you score 100 or 200, you should be not out,” Mandeep Singh said after the game
I told KL Rahul that if I play my natural game, I will win the game: Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh opened the innings for KXIP as Mayank Agarwal injured himself. In the game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mandeep failed to create an impact but he revealed that it was because he was trying to score quickly. He played his natural game against KKR and it paid off brilliantly as he remained unbeaten on 66 off just 56 balls.
He repaid the faith shown by skipper KL Rahul and was very satisfied with his innings. He will be hopeful of contributing consistently for KXIP in their late charge to the IPL 2020 playoffs.
” Last game I was trying to score quicker and I wasn’t comfortable doing that. I told Rahul if I play my normal game, I will win the game and I had the belief. He (Rahul) told me to back my game and play the way I want to play, pretty happy with the win,” Mandeep Singh said