IPL 10: Rajat Bhatia laments over bad day for RPS against Daredevils
Rising Pune Supergiant were beaten by 97 runs by Delhi Daredevils.
Updated - Apr 12, 2017 1:31 pm
Rising Pune Supergiant surrendered meekly against the Delhi Daredevils in their second home game this season. Their all-rounder Rajat Bhatia lamented about the overall dismal show in the post match press conference. Bhatia reflected back at the game and admitted that they were thoroughly beaten in all departments by the opposition. Having won the toss, RPS had an early jolt in the form of their regular skipper Steve Smith sitting out of the fixture.
They asked Delhi Daredevils to bat first. Young batsman Sanju Samson blew the RPS bowling to register the first century of the IPL 10. He was well assisted by the heroics of Chris Morris, who plundered 38 runs in just 9 balls to take the score well past the 200 run mark. In the run chase, RPS was never in the game and they bundled out of a mere 108 to lose by a massive margin of 97 runs.
Talking about the match, Rajat Bhatia called it to be a bad day for the team. He credited the opposition for their performance. He further noted that the absence of Steve Smith and Manoj Tiwary hurt their combinations badly on the day.
“It was a Bad day for RPS, even DD’s last game was a bad day for them they lost from a winning position and we were not even close to winning in this game, credit should be given to the team that played well,” quoted Rajat Bhatia.
“Steven Smith and Manoj Tiwary’s absence really matter to the team, as in their absence team composition gets changed and for the young player it is tough to settle early,” he added further.
The veteran all-rounder was full praise for the Delhi batsmen too. He lauded the efforts of Samson on the day. He even had a word of praise for Morris who had a phenomenal time with the bat in the match.
Talking about Sanju Samson, he quoted, “He(Sanju Samson) has spent enough time in domestic cricket, and now I guess it is the time he should get promoted to the next level.”
“Chris Morris made full use of our weakness, He is a good batsman and can hit the bowl so hard, it is good we are exposed to our weakness in the early stages of the championship,” Bhatia spoke about Chris Morris. He hopes that team manages to work on their weaknesses and then come back strong in the later stages of the tournament.