Rajasthan Royals (RR) handed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) their fourth successive defeat in the last night’s IPL 2019 encounter in Jaipur. RR leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal was the star performer in the game, delivering a sensational match-winning spell to restrict the opposition within a thin first innings total. Gopal claimed three top-order RCB wickets and all of them were of big fishes, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer, which in turn broke the backbone of the star-studded RCB batting line-up.
It’s not going to come everyday
Shreyas was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his brilliant performance yesterday, returning with excellent figures of 3 for 12. After the game, Gopal revealed that he still considers himself lucky and fortunate enough to claim such big wickets. He reckoned that these types of things do not take place every day and thus, it was his biggest moment. He also mentioned that luckily his plans worked well against the opposition last night.
“I still say I’m fortunate and lucky to get such big wickets. As a youngster, it’s not going to come everyday and it’s one of my biggest moments. I was more fortunate that our plans worked today,” said Shreyas Gopal.
We created a lot of pressure
Shreyas admitted to the fact that the RR bowlers created a lot of pressure on the opposition with some quick wickets at the top. He noted that the RCB batters were taking chances against him and thus, it made easy for him to go for the wickets. The leggie mentioned that the leg-spinners have the ability to turn the ball both ways, which gives them an added advantage over traditional off-spinners.
“We created a lot of pressure in the first six overs. They didn’t get 65-70. They had to make runs off me, I had better chance of taking wickets. Just went on gut feeling, nothing planned as such. It’s good to have few different balls up your sleeves and be able to execute. We (wrist spinners) get to spin the ball both sides and that’s probably an advantage. It’s about bowling better areas and sticking to plans,” he added.