Mumbai, March 31: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Shreyas Iyer was extremely proud of his team for taking the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final.
In a low-scoring IPL 2022 thriller at DY Patil Stadium, Kolkata attempted to defend a paltry score of 128 but were unable to do so despite taking three wickets in the first six overs as Bangalore completed the chase with four balls to spare.
“I really found this game exciting. Before I went in, I talked to my guys and told them that this game is going to define our character and attitude on the field regardless of whether we defend or not. The way we fight on the ground, that really goes to reflect our mentality in the next games. I am very proud of the way we played this game and took it to the end”, Iyer said after the match.
Iyer appreciated that Bangalore designed its pursuit strategy very well. “It was really tough at the time because I wanted my best bowlers to come up and win some wickets early on, but it didn’t work out very well. Congratulations to their batsmen, they played really well in the middle. They took out the toughest phase as soon as possible”. When asked why he delivered 19 features to Venkatesh Iyer’s halftime pace, Iyer explained: “In the end, I decided to go with Venky because he also has a very good bowling experience internationally and you need to back them up especially in the beginning. of the tournament. It’s really important that they gain confidence as soon as possible and this was one of the best games to do that.” Iyer admitted that Kolkata’s batting did not execute the slam-bang style against Bangalore, but promised to come back stronger in the next match. “The wicket looked a bit dodgy at first, it was two-rhythm, variable and the bounce was weird. We wanted to get off to a really good start and that’s what we planned. The execution part was tough.” “We’re going to come back with the same mindset, we’re not going to chicken out. That’s what we want to focus on and that’s what we talked about going into the tournament, that we’re going to be a risk taker.” Next time we come, we need to correct the mistakes and make sure we get the momentum as soon as possible.” Iyer signed off by praising Wanindu Hasaranga’s 4/20 spell. “He (Wanindu Hasaranga) played bowling very well, had a good start after getting my wicket. I was able to read it pretty well at first. We had decided that we would play him as a secondary spinner, but he unfortunately threw very good lines and lengths. He is also very experienced and was getting help at this wicket. Congratulations to him.”