Hardik says Titans batted first to ‘test ourselves in difficult situations’

When Mayank Agarwal misplaced the toss – the eighth Punjab Kings had misplaced in 10, making them the second-unluckiest staff within the match – he should have felt distraught as a result of they’re fairly near entering into must-win territory. Nevertheless, seconds later, he was handed what he wished: a possibility to chase a complete.

After a reasonably complete defeat, Gujarat Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya confirmed that they did not make the choice to bat first primarily based on circumstances, however as a result of they wished to place themselves in troublesome conditions. On the primary event they selected to bat first, it was a day sport so it was comprehensible, however once they made the decision even in an evening sport, it was apparent individuals would marvel why they selected to take action.

“I completely again our choice to bat first as a result of we have to put ourselves in troublesome conditions as nicely the place we come out of our consolation zone,” Hardik advised Star Sports activities. “We’ve got been doing fairly nicely in chasing, however now we have at all times wished to ensure we put our batters below the strain when the appropriate sport comes, when the large sport comes, if now we have to bat first, we should always know precisely how now we have to go.”

It’s a little curious that Titans have gotten into this experiment so early within the match. They’re the desk leaders, however they’ve now received eight video games out of 10, which does not at all times assure qualification for the playoffs. Eight wins may ultimately be sufficient to take them there however there’s a massive premium on ending within the high two within the IPL.

Because it turned out, Titans needed to bat in troublesome circumstances, and whereas the ball moved round initially for them too, as soon as the dew set in, it turned considerably simpler for Kings to chase down 144.

“It was an train that we wished to strive,” he stated. “We knew the brand new ball may do one thing. However to be sincere we stored shedding wickets, and for those who hold shedding wickets, irrespective of how the circumstances are, the batters are at all times going to be below strain. We did not get the sort of rhythm or the beginning we wished nevertheless it’s okay, this loss was a studying curve. However as I stated, we should be popping out of our consolation zone and attempt to bat first and put ourselves below that strain.”

What’s going to he inform his facet within the debriefing?

“Even after we had been profitable, we had been at all times speaking about methods to get higher,” he stated. “We positively have a chat about the place issues did not go our method and concentrate on issues which we are able to get higher at within the subsequent video games. We play one other sport in a few days, we do not have a lot time. We must always regroup and we need not fear about it. Successful and shedding is a part of the game and most of the time now we have ended up on the profitable facet.”

Titans’ senior batter David Miller, although, felt that the principle studying from the match was to determine to chase the subsequent time they win the toss.

“Ideally we’d have favored to have bowled first,” Miller stated within the post-match press convention. “I believe [with] the circumstances within the night – there may be quite a lot of dew – [we need to] look to bat second on profitable the toss.

“We’ve got been fairly medical in our final 9 video games. So simply attempt to hold issues fairly easy in all sides of the sport. That is what now we have accomplished within the final 9 video games previous to this the place there have been shut matches and now we have managed to shut them out. Attributable to doing the fundamentals fairly nicely. Placing on nice partnerships, working fairly onerous between wickets, the bowlers have been executing plans very well.”

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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