The reaction of KL Rahul on the RCB vs LSG match, a heartbroken Lucknow Super Giants captain, blamed his team’s 14-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL Eliminator on careless fielding, while admitting Rajat Patidar’s stunning century as the difference between the two sides.
Patidar, a 28-year-old Indore native, single-handedly won the IPL Eliminator for RCB with a 54-ball 112 not out.
“The reasons why we didn’t win, I believe, are self-evident. On the field, we failed miserably. Dropping simple catches is never a good idea. Patidar clearly made a difference by playing such a knock. When one of the top three players achieves a hundred points, the team is more likely to win “After the match, Rahul remarked Rahul was furious with his team’s fielding after Patidar was dropped three times on way to his century.
He summed it up by saying, “They fielded incredibly brilliantly, and we fielded really poorly.” He was pleased, though, that they finished in the top four in their debut season as a new team. “We’ll take a lot of positives with us. This is a brand-new franchise. Every team makes mistakes, and we’ve made a lot of them. I’m going to try to come back stronger. This is a youthful group.
They’ll learn from their mistakes and return home to strive to improve as players.”
Mohsin Khan was singled out for special commendation, as he once again shone brightly in an otherwise disappointing bowling performance. “Mohsin proved to everyone how good he is and how skilled he is. He’ll be able to clock speeds that are far higher as his confidence rises. Hopefully, by next season, he will have learned and developed a few more talents.” According to Du Plessis, Patidar’s hundred is one of the best he’s ever seen. Faf du Plessis, the RCB captain, couldn’t stop raving over Patidar, whom he believes has a fine head on his shoulders.
“I’m completely ecstatic. It’s rare for a young man to play as well as he did. He has a decent head on his shoulders, as evidenced by the way he celebrated. His hundred was one of the best in the IPL, in my opinion, “According to Du Plessis.