Ravi Shastri was unapologetic after Rajasthan Royals failed to defend a 188/6 lead against Gujarat Titans in the first IPL 2022 Qualifier.
Rajasthan Royals were defeated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Qualifier 1 in Kolkata on Tuesday after failing to protect a respectable total of 188/6 against Gujarat Titans.
GT chased down a target with seven wickets to spare thanks to some magnificent hitting the ball from Hardik Pandya and David Miller. Except for Yuzvendra Chahal, all other Rajasthan bowlers were expensive, including Prasidh Krishna (econ 11.42 RPO), Ravichandran Ashwin (econ 10.00 RPO), Obed McCoy (econ 10.00 RPO), and Trent Boult (econ 9.50 RPO).
Former Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri criticized Rajasthan’s bowling display.
“Under lights, the pitch in Kolkata settles. Nobody can be kept in check. It’s a boundary surface. So, if you already have two or three terrible overs in the top half and enable some other side to build momentum, you could have been in big trouble, as occurred with RR. There were some nervous bowling out there, though with some big names “Shastri told Star Sports after the game.
‘Rajasthan Royals were bowling looked a little bit nervous’: Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri feels “They bowled both sides of the wicket without a scheme. When you have pushed down the pitch to the offside side and bowled some normal stuff on the middle and leg, which would be trimmed on the side, it is very challenging for a skipper to set a field.”
“I can comprehend if a batsman did take a chance and it pays off. But there was something wrong when you don’t have to take chances and you’re scoring at a decent rate.”
“GT was managed to help by some fairly normal middle-order overs from Rajasthan Royals, who bowled at least seven or eight big overs. If you allow more than 12-13 runs in seven to eight overs of an innings, you must pay the price. Rajasthan Royals, particularly when bowling, appeared nervous and were picked apart” Ravi Shastri Added.
Gujarat Titans advanced to the Indian Premier League final after defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the first qualifier on Tuesday.