After suffering defeat through the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane today blamed his team’s batting for the hefty loss and is on the other hand hopeful of making to the playoffs.
Royals, placed fourth in the points table with 12 points from 13 outings, take on resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final fixture. Not only do they need to win the game, they also need favours from other teams to keep Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians — both vying for a playoff spot along with RCB with a game in hand — at bay.
Royals’ job would have been easier had they won against KKR at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. But a sensational batting collapse coupled with Kuldeep Yadav (4/20)’s brilliance undid them. Royals were all out for 142 despite rocketing to 59/0 in four overs riding Buttler and Rahul Tripathi’s fireworks. KKR gunned down a modest target of 143 with two overs to spare.
“We lost because of our batting, even in the tournament we did not bat that well. Except Jos Buttler… his consistency was good to see. So many things the boys can learn from him. We thought 175-180 was a par score on this wicket,” Rahane said at the post match press conference.
“The thing is, start which we got with Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler that was magnificient… but I feel after that we did not get any partnership. It’s not about any individual.
“We lost because we did not apply ourselves in the middle and we needed to get a partnership going, especially when you get a start like that you have to back yourself. (You need) to apply your mind even in T20 cricket,” Rahane said.