Rishabh Pant criticised by Ajay Jadeja after loss against RR

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VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA - MAY 10: Rishabh Pant of the Delhi Capitals bats during the Indian Premier League IPL Qualifier Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by the barest of margins, as Chris Morris heroics helped his side avoid a second successive defeat. Chasing a total of 148 runs, Rajasthan found themselves reeling at a score of 42 runs for the loss of five wickets in the tenth over. It was David Miller’s knock of 62 runs that brought RR back into the match, with Chris Morris guiding his team past the finishing line.

Ajay Jadeja was critical about Pant’s captaincy and the way he controlled his bowlers. The former Indian batsman believes that Pant made a mistake handing Marcus Stoinis the ball in the 13th over, when Ravi Ashwin was in the middle of a good spell. The off-spinner had conceded just 14 runs in his three overs, whereas Marcus Stoinis conceded 15 runs in the 13th over, which brought back the opposition into the game.

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“That over [13th, by Marcus Stoinis] kickstarted the chase for Rajasthan Royals. Before it, the scoreboard read 55-5. [Kagiso] Rabada, Avesh Khan, Chris Woakes, and R Ashwin, all main bowlers had bowled their 3 overs. When they were bowling, the game was different. I believe you should have bowled your main bowlers some more. The game began to tilt in that over,” Ajay Jadeja said while speaking with Cricbuzz.

Ajay Jadeja believes that Rishabh Pant was very passive with his bowling management, which costed his side the victory against Rajasthan Royals. Jadeja opined that the best bowlers should have bowled up to the 16th over, to keep the pressure on the RR batsman. On the other hand, the likes of Tom Curran and Stoinis could be reserved for death overs.

“The mistake was that he [Rishabh Pant] switched to defensive style from attacking. It’s not weird (preserving one over of Ashwin) but it’s a big error. You allowed them to come back into the game by bowling Stoinis and Tom Curran in the middle overs,” Ajay Jadeja opined. It was only after that Marcus Stoinis’ over that Rajasthan started attacking against the Delhi bowlers. Ashwin was not brought on the attack after that, as Chris Morris smashed Tom Curran for two sixes in the last over to win it for Rajasthan,” he added.

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