The Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) succumbed to a heartening 12-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday. This was the sixth defeat of the season for the Royals and are currently languishing at the seventh position on the points table. With this drubbing, the inaugural IPL champions are left with an uphill task of winning atleast five of the remaining six matches in order to come in contention for the playoffs.
We are not quite clicking as an eleven
After the game, Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton revealed that they have failed to strike the perfect playing combination and that has surely hurt their chances. Upton mentioned that it is very difficult to have all eleven in-form players in the side. He noted that it is necessary to allow players with some time to settle in respect to their roles.
“We are not quite clicking as an eleven and that is costing us. You can’t always have all eleven players in-form all the time. You want to give people a chance to settle into their roles to find their feet,” said Paddy Upton.
We kept the team pretty consistent for a long time
Upton stated that even after persisting with the same team for a long time, they are not being able to click in some of the areas. He reckoned that they have to make some hard calls in order to address that issue. The head coach admitted the fact that his team has failed to keep the calm in the pressure situations and they have lost many close games this year.
“We kept the team pretty consistent for a long time, but it wasn’t quite clicking in some of the areas. We need to make some changes to search for that right combination. Every game we are falling just a little bit short either with one or two overs with the ball or with the bat,” Upton added.
KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was the star performer in yesterday’s game, scoring a vital 4-ball 17 and also claiming two crucial wickets with the ball. The KXIP leg-spinner, Murugan Ashwin, also bowled really well during the middle-overs stage to restrict the opposition batsmen.
“The two Ashwins (R Ashwin and M Ashwin) bowled really nicely. Although the batsmen did attack, they either did not find the gaps and we didn’t find the boundaries, that’s where advantage swung from our favour to Kings XI favour,” the Rajasthan Royals head coach concluded.