The stupendous knock played by David Miller against Royal Challengers Bangalore seems to have rubbed off on his teammates. And one man who is desperate to take a cue is Shaun Marsh.
The 29-year-old Australian missed the initial stages of the competition due to a ruptured hamstring tendon behind his right knee, but has his sights set on regaining form and confidence to bolster Kings XI Punjab’s play-off chances. “David’s knock was absolutely mind-blowing.
It has given an extra dose of confidence to the boys,” Marsh told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday. He now wants to make up for lost time. “I had to stay out of the game for three months and the injury came at a bad time considering the fact that the Champions Trophy team was to be selected. We did not get off to a good start and it was disappointing to sit out of so many matches.
But I have fully recovered and would like to contribute to help my side reach the play-offs,” Marsh said.
He is itching to make the most in the final stretch of the league phase.
With most of the Kings XI Punjab batsmen not having the best of times, it’s imperative that Marsh clicks.
With each match becoming crucial from now, Kings XI cannot afford to rest easy and Marsh admits that they need to build on the momentum after the win over RCB. He also said that despite the poor form of regular captain Adam Gilchrist, his presence in the dressing room is a big boost for the players.
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“We had a wobble in the middle stage but the win against Bangalore has allowed us to get the momentum back in our favour. We have to make sure that we get the maximum out of our home games and need to keep our nerve in the closing stages. We need to take it one match at a time. Every side is bound to falter at some stage and the mental toughness of the players will be tested in a long league like this,” he said.
Marsh has been with the Kings XI from the first season of the IPL, when he was the highest scorer in the league with 616 runs at an average of 68.44.
So it’s obvious that he is also keen to replicate his old form in the remainder of the season.
“My main focus is the league right now and I’m not thinking about anything else. I have got a fifty under my belt but am targeting big knocks as that is what makes the difference in a game.
We have got a young team and being one of the senior players, there are certain expectations from me,” Marsh said.