Maxwell indicates changes in KXIP line-up

After a 51-run defeat to Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell said that he might pick "uncapped players who can execute" his plans in the future games.

“The weaknesses tonight were basically everything. Batting, bowling, fielding; everything was pretty average," said Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell after his team lost to Delhi Daredevils.   -  AFP

A complete team effort versus a total team failure was the difference between Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Saturday, with the host, DD, winning the contest comprehensively by 51 runs.

“The weaknesses tonight were basically everything. Batting, bowling, fielding; everything was pretty average," Maxwell said, “We dropped opportunities all through the game. If you drop the first ball of the game, that probably set the tone. We dropped Corey (Anderson) when in single figures as well. They were not straightforward chances but in T20 cricket you need to make the most of them, they don't come very often.”

Billed as a contest between DD's bowling and KXIP's batting, it ended up being rather one-sided across all departments. DD started with a bang – captain Zaheer Khan going against the standard practice and deciding to bat first – and ended the same way, Corey Anderson doing serious damage in the last three overs. And the all-rounder was pleased with his contribution. “If I get runs I can bat, if I get wickets I can bowl, whatever the team requires from me... probably a batter who bowls,” he laughed when asked about his role in the side.

While DD has found a different performer in every game so far regardless of the result, Maxwell warned of some major changes in his line-up in the future games. “We've got the skills and everything, it's not about quality but about execution...it's probably getting to a point where I am going to start picking uncapped players who can execute and back their plans that at the moment is not happening,” he said bluntly, making his displeasure evident.

In contrast, Anderson was all praise for the Indian youngsters in his side. "Even though they are young, they have been around the IPL set-up for a few years now but to see them train and work in the nets, it's great to see and the success in the middle is a product of their training... Indians you haven't seen before come out of nowhere and create a profile for themselves," he said.