Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan Royals Captain, has come out and expressed disappointment on his team's performance last night against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Batting first RR were only able to put 145 on the board before being bowled out. The KKR batsmen chased down the modest total in just 18 overs and gave their opponent a 6 wicket thumping.
Ajinkya has pointed towards the failure of his team's batting line-up to put a substantial score on the board and has called for more responsibility with the bat.
Talking about the over dependability that his team exhibited on Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane said, "Jos was batting really well and it’s not just up to him all the time. Batsmen will have to take responsibility. We have to blame all the batsmen and we lost because we played badly. The start with we got was magnificent. But after that, I feel we did not get any partnership. We lost because we didn’t apply ourselves in the middle while batting. Even in T20 cricket, you have to apply your mind"
Rahane himself got out playing, perhaps, a loose shot. He said about this, “The intent was positive from the team. Jos and Tripathi batted really well and when I went in I just wanted to carry the momentum forward,”
Rahane further added, “Through this tournament, I don’t think we batted well except for Jos. We thought 175-180 was the score possible on this wicket. Sometimes when you play like that, you get over 200. As a team, we have to learn from our mistakes here and go back to Jaipur and play well there.”
Now Rajasthan will not have the umbrella that Buttler was providing them, as he's been selected to play in the first Test at home against Pakistan. Rahane talked about this and expressed delight for his teammate by saying, “We will miss them, I’m really happy for Jos because as a player you dream of playing Test cricket. It’s everyone’s dream to represent their country. I’m very happy for them. We are going to miss his inputs and his batting. Even Stokes – his all-round skills and his inputs. He’s bowled really well.”
“We’ve got 3-4 overseas players who are equally good. It’s all about playing your best in that one game and I’m sure boys will step up. Whoever gets an opportunity will do well. We have to back ourselves, stay positive and stay together"
“Cricket’s a funny game, we all know, but we have to learn from our mistakes and get it right in the one league game we have. We still have a chance. We know how the wicket will play in Jaipur, so we got to learn and move forward,”