IPL 2021: PBKS Vs DC; Mayank Agarwal Back in Form, Says " Wasn't too stressed"

Punjab Kings Mayank Agarwal back in form with a scintillating half-century says it wasn't too stressed for me.

Mayank Agarwal, who is back in form after a scintillating half-century, says he wasn't too concerned about not firing in the first couple of IPL matches because he tried to stick to the strategies that worked for him in the previous edition.

Mayank, who scored 424 runs in the previous season in the UAE, had a poor start to the current season, scoring 14 and 0 against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

The 30-year-old from Bangalore, however, rediscovered his form on Sunday, slamming a scorching 36-ball 69 to help Punjab post 195 for four against Delhi Capitals.

Mayank said during a virtual press-conference."I wasn't thinking too much. I planned to do and keep the mindset that worked for me last year. I thought last match I had [got] a good ball. I didn't want to stress too much about it and wanted to look forward and so stuck to what worked for me." 

"I was batting well in the nets, I was getting into good positions. It was about holding shape and I don't want to live in the previous games. I am happy how I batted." 

The total score, however, was not enough, as the Delhi Capitals, last year's runners-up, romped home in 18.2 overs, riding an opener Shikhar Dhawan's 49-ball 92.

"I thought it was a good total. It wasn't as easy in the first innings and I thought dew played a factor coming in the second innings," Mayank said. 
"I thought Delhi Capitals batted exceedingly well, also there was a dew factor. Credite to Delhi bowlers how they executed after the 12 overs. They went into death bowling and executed it beautifully." 

When asked how dew can be countered to make the competition more balanced, Mayank replied: "I don't think we can do much about it as players. It boils down to execution under pressure and practising that. Those are the things which are under our control." 

On Wednesday, Punjab will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai.

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