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For years, I've been branded a Test cricketer. It's good for me to be up there, creating history and breaking records. Hope to continue this way."
Man of the Match KL Rahul on changing perceptions
7.25pm R Ashwin starts his captaincy career on a high. This has been a walk in the park for Kings XI Punjab. The only passage where they struggled was when Yuvraj failed to connect, but they were able to ride that passage as it came on the back of KL Rahul's half-century, the fastest in IPL history. Yes, you may argue they could've looked to finish this off much earlier to boost their net run rate, but this is just the first game and they'll gleefully take those two points now. Amid the cheers for Rahul's fifty, may it not be forgotten that Mujeeb Zadran had a stellar debut to pick three wickets and restrict them.
Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir: We got a decent total, but the first six overs took the game away from us. Credit to the bowlers to take it till the 19th over, I thought that was a tremendous effort. Once the ball got old, it was hard to clear the fence. 166 was a competitive total.
"The start Rahul got blew them away," says Karun Nair , who also started his tournament in sparkling fashion. "The crowd turnout to set up the opening game was amazing. Hope to see more of this.
Asif Akbar: "Punjab should have focused on getting good +NRR with this match, they won't have such starts throughout the season."