Rahul Tewatia: “I have been in the role of a finisher for the last two years. Ashish Bhai told me they’re seeing me as a finisher and I started preparing accordingly and did so for the domestic team as well. I want to take more responsibility in my bowling but am not getting a chance. But as the tournament progresses I might be needed more because of the slow surface. It’s my old team but with new players, excited to play against Rajasthan. The talks have been about focusing on the process and doing the little things right.”
Rajasthan Royals vs Gujarat Titans Highlights today, Thursday 14-4-2022. 24th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
“The wicket is pretty good. The ball is coming onto the bat. Once the ball gets old, it is easy to hit so we need to get wickets early,” says Abhinav Manohar. “It was challenging at the start. The ball was doing a little bit.”
RR won the toss and will bowl first.
Rajasthan Royals team: Buttler, Padikkal, Samson (capt. & wk), Dussen, Hetmyer, Parag, Neesham, Ashwin, Chahal, Krishna, Sen.
Gujarat Titans team: Gill, Wade (wk), Shankar, Hardik (capt), Miller, Manohar, Tewatia, Rashid, Ferguson, Shami, Dayal.
Sanju Samson: I would like to give credit to their batsmen. Hardik played well and Miller finished off well. If we would have had wickets in hand, this was chaseable. We were there for the run rate and it was a matter of a few wickets. We had the power and potential. It was a freaky niggle and we missed Boult’s experience in the powerplay. Hopefully, he’ll be back soon. Hardik had a great day today. I have played enough of IPL to understand that each game is crucial and it is important to learn the lesson and come back stronger. Momentum matters. A lot of thought process has gone behind the batting order. I was batting at 3 a lot but we felt I should come lower down and be flexible. I am happy to bat anywhere and depending on the team’s demands.
Lockie Ferguson: The way Buttler was batting, there’s not a lot you can do. He lapped me on the first ball and I had to do something different. It came out well and loved seeing the stumps light up. Throughout the IPL there are many who can get on top like him. Not much you can do to get on top. Nice to see the back of him for sure. You couldn’t get Hardik out of the game tonight. Love the energy he brings. We’ve got a lot of experience. Rashid has bowled well for so long. He’s creating pressure on one end and is great to have him on my side. Certainly happier with this pitch. We managed to get a little bit of seam. So far so good, but we’ve got Rash and Rahul Tewatia.
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
RR Won: 0
GT Won: 0
Hardik Pandya is also the player of the match for his 87 not out: Pretty special. A lot of hard work for me tonight. It was just cramped, nothing serious. I am not used to batting this long. It gives me a lot of time. I can calculate and take risks. In the last game it did not come off but today I made sure I did. I have been in this situation where I have taken the role of scoring 12-ball 30. It is difficult but now at four, I can control the game. Captaincy is fun and it allows me to take responsibility and be the flag-bearer. The group carries one another. My motto was I wanted everyone to be happy.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Rohan Pandit
TV Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 24th Match