Mumbai, April 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) director of cricket operations Mike Hesson has said he doesn’t worry too much about matchups, adding there were a number of players on his side “who haven’t reached the limit yet” and could be used. towards the commercial end of the tournament.
RCB take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in a crucial game at DY Patil Stadium later on Tuesday, with the winner likely to top the IPL table. The two teams are currently grouped with the Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on eight points, with only the Net Run Rate (NRR) separating them on the points table.
In fact, a close look at the two teams competing on Tuesday shows that they are evenly matched in all departments of the game, with Hesson admitting that the two had a “similar balance.”
“Yes, very similar balance in terms of how we structure ourselves and look to use our bowlers. Obviously we both hit relatively deep in the order – it’s something that both teams looked at in the auction. Both sides well balanced with some quality up top and power in the middle,” Hesson said.
Hesson added that while both teams were like mirror images of each other in terms of strengths and weaknesses, it won’t translate to an additional advantage or disadvantage for either side.
“To be honest, I don’t think it makes a big difference because we focus so much on what we do from a hitting perspective. Sure, there’s a matchup thing, but we don’t get too bogged down in that, making sure we don’t have two lefties against one umpire. , and with the short side, making sure that we always have a chance to access the short side, that’s probably more important than the matchup.
“From a bowling standpoint, I think we matched them pretty well. You know our top order, like pace with the ball, they have a lot of pace up front. They’ve got some quality shooters, very astute shooters.” like Krunal (Pandya), and obviously, (Ravi) Bishnoi is quite a unique character. There’s been a little bit of work done on how we’re going to combat that,” Hesson opined.
With four teams grouped within eight points as the tournament nears the halfway point, Hesson said his players were constantly trying to improve, despite win or loss, adding that it’s important to play their best cricket towards the end. of the tournament.
“We keep trying to get better, and that’s the constant message that we send to everyone. Whether we win or lose, we go through it in a little bit of detail and we’re trying to get better. The reality is you.” “You have to be playing your best cricket towards the end of the tournament. Not just to make progress, but if you make progress, you have to be playing good cricket as well. We’re pretty methodical in terms of that.”
“We still have players who haven’t been tested yet, who are training very hard, hitting the ball well, the ball is starting to come out well for players like (Mohd) Siraj. We’re just focused on ourselves.” ,” he said.