IPL 2012: Complacency led to defeat, says David Hussey

David Hussey believes the match against Rajasthan was the worst by Punjab in IPL 5 AFP

Mohali: May 6, 2012

Kings XI Punjab‘s stand-in captain David Hussey feels his side got a bit carried away and were little complacent against Rajasthan Royals, which led to their 43-run defeat in the Indian Premier League match here.

Hussey was of the view that many of the Kings XI players were yet to get over their four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game in Bangalore.

“I don’t think we really switched on. I think we were still celebrating the win against Bangalore. I think we (players) got a bit carried away,” Hussey said last night in the post-match press conference.

After back-to-back wins over defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in away games, Kings XI lost to Rajasthan Royals by 43 runs in a lopsided affair last night.

Rajasthan posted a challenging 177 for six and then restricted the home team to 134 for eight, with Shaun Marsh top-scoring with 34.

The loss meant, Kings XI slipped from the number four spot to sixth position in the points table with five wins out of 11 games.

Asked about their dismal home record this season, Hussey said, “I guess we are an away team. We played particularly well away. We are hoping to prepare well for Deccan Chargers (whom Kings XI play next in Hyderabad).” .

Hussey, leading the side in the absence of Adam Gilchrist who is out with a hamstring injury, said the wicket on offer at the PCA stadium was a good one, but they faltered in every department of the game yesterday.

Hussey hoped that if they can win three out of their remaining five games, they have a good chance of making it to the play offs.

Hussey is expecting fellow Australian Shaun Marsh to play a big innings in the upcoming matches.

“I don’t think he is too far away from making a massive score.”

Asked if the team was expecting to see Gilchrist back in the action soon, he said, “Possibly yes, I don’t think it is too far away. He is a very classy player and he will be a welcome addition to the side.” (PTI)