MI vs PBKS: Punjab built to hit sixes but we want to be smart about it, says Liam Livingstone

England’s highly regarded batter Liam Livingstone said on Wednesday that Punjab Kings are working to be smart about their approach to big hits in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

After KL Rahul chose not to stay with Punjab Kings ahead of the new season, PBKS kept only 2 players in captain Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh. They went into the mega sale with a clean slate and focused on getting power hitters.

PBKS managed to do this because they got people like Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan and Shikhar Dhawan. PBKS started their season chasing 206 against RCB in just 19 overs and they have posted over 180 three times.

Against Gujarat Titans in their previous match, Punjab looked poised to take another 200-plus total as they were 124/2 in just 13 overs before losing their last 7 wickets for just 65 runs before losing a thriller.

Livingstone led the show from the front and lived up to his price tag by breaking 162 runs, including 2 ’50s, in just 4 games with a staggering 190.58 success rate.

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“The squad we’ve built is all about going out and trying to hit sixes. But I don’t think you can go out and start hitting from ball one, that’s not how the game of cricket works.” Livingstone told the broadcasters.

“We have to be smart about how we go about it. We will get better and better and hopefully we will start to win the key moments. The coaching staff has given us the freedom to go out and express ourselves, I really enjoyed made that part of it.”

BOWLING OPTION FOR PBKS

Livingstone also said he makes sure to use the IPL as a platform to improve his bowling. The part-time leg spinner came up with a 2/24 match-winning spell against Chennai Super Kings and is a handy option for Captain Mayank.

“My bowling is something I’ve been working on for the past few years, I was just trying something different and trying to give my team an option to use me as a bowler. It’s something I’ve worked really hard for, it was fun .” It (bowling) is not as natural as my batting, so I enjoyed that challenge,” said Livingstone.

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