Mumbai, April 10: When Shreyas Iyer was asked by announcer Simon Doull after the match about evaluating his team’s bowling performance, he uttered the word “clueless” about his team’s inability to prevent Prithvi Shaw from opening a 93-run partnership with David Warner. in 8.3 overs.
“I said I had no idea as they got off to a very good start after the first over. We hadn’t anticipated that the wicket would play that well. The surface was very hard but if you see Prithvi Shaw is a batsman who can change power “. -to play. When he plays good shots on good balls, then I don’t know as a captain what kind of field he could put himself on. That’s why I said it that way,” Iyer explained in a post-match virtual press conference.
Shaw had broken into Kolkata’s bowling attack by hitting Umesh Yadav through extra coverage for four from the first ball of the innings. The right-hander liked Yadav, hitting him for three more bounds despite being hit on the hull. Shaw then hammered a deep pull over midway through the wicket from Pat Cummins to bring in the Delhi fifty in just four overs.
Iyer featured spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine on the power play. But they couldn’t stop Warner and Shaw as the boundaries continued to flow.
“It was definitely based on the start that they had. Prithvi is someone who doesn’t play very well on spinners like I’ve played him before. Because he got off to a really good start, I wanted to restrict the momentum that he had built up at the beginning. I felt that Varun and Sunil are really experienced bowlers. So I really thought we could restrain him at that point and give us a really good hold.” Out of options, Iyer brought in Andre Russell and Venkatesh Iyer. But Shaw hit Venkatesh for fours and sixes on both sides of the wicket to reach his fifty in 27 balls. Although Chakravarthy ended Shaw’s stay at 51 when he castled him through the gate with a googly, Delhi’s task of laying the groundwork for the 44-run victory was done.
Kolkata turned things around by taking four wickets as Delhi were 176/5 in 18 overs, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel dished out a late attack to take 39 runs in the last two overs to bring Delhi to 215/5. With Umesh leaking 23 runs and Cummins having 16 in overs 19 and 20 respectively, he reiterated that Kolkata’s bowling of death has been their IPL 2022 Achilles’ heel.
“It’s not a concern (the bowling of death); it’s definitely something we need to work on as a team. Even when we practice, we need to make sure we execute the yorkers correctly and bowl according to the plans we have before the game. “. Iyer stated.
“We have an amazing bowling team; we have amazing coaches as well. So it’s just that we back up our strengths and make sure we don’t think negatively at the time. Yeah, we’ve been really good in the previous games too, in death. But It’s something we can work on and come back very strong.” In a massive 216 chase, Kolkata needed Delhi-like starts and contributions from all batsmen. But that didn’t happen as Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer fell into the power play. Iyer himself made 54 of 33 balls and had support from Nitish Rana on 30 of 20 balls. But once the duo went out in successive overs, it was all over for Kolkata.
For his part, Iyer refused to indulge in the blame game, but admitted hitters who don’t turn starts into big scores is an area of progress. “I’m absolutely not worried about the starts we’re getting. But when you’re chasing 215, you need to get off to a really good start. You can’t think twice about what bowlers are going to bowl. Because you have to have that attacking mindset from the first ball, and one mistake can take you out as a hitter. So I wouldn’t blame anyone in this particular chase.” “But yeah, we have this history in the last few games where we didn’t get off to a very good start. That’s also something we need to work on. This is just the early stage of the tournament, so once we start practicing more and Executing things very well on the pitch, I think things will work out pretty well.”