Change in captaincy hasn’t backfired, says Ness Wadia

After his team slumped to their fifth defeat in six matches, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia on Sunday said decision to replace Yuvraj Singh with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara as captain has not backfired and that he hopes the team would come up with few wins in the upcoming matches.

“No, it (captaincy) doesn’t make a difference. It is not an issue,” Wadia said here after his side was comprehensively beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday night.

Even as they are placed at the bottom position among eight teams, KXIP’s misery continues as they will now have to pick a new captain for the next match, with Sangakkara serving a one-match ban after his side was found guilty of maintaining slow over-rate for the third time.

Asked what he has to say about the performance of his team, Wadia said, “the boys were putting in hard effort and despite that if results are not in your favour, what can you do about it…that’s life.”

On foreign players in the team not coming out with any noteworthy performances so far, he said, “they may not have performed up to the mark, but they will, I am sure.”

“We just have to relax, have fun together and then if we win we win and if we lose we lose,” he said making a point that the team will have to put the losses they suffered in the competition so far at the back of their mind and look forward to the upcoming matches.

“We have shown in the past (in earlier edition) that we are capable of winning at a stretch. We have won games in a row and that’s what we will have to do from our remaining 7-8 games now,” he said.

Bollywood actress and another co-owner of the team, Preity Zinta also sounded optimistic that her team’s bad run would change in the coming matches.

“We still have eight games. Everything is not lost yet,” said Zinta.

Asked if the morale of the team would be low after a string of defeats, she said, “what has happened is past. They will play well.”

Meanwhile, when Wadia was enquired about whether his team is looking at making some investments, he said, “we are looking at that (investment) angle like any other team. We are looking at people coming in who have a good financial background.”

“If we find right people, then we will go for it and if we don’t then we won’t,” he said.

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