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Ravi Shastri critiques KL Rahul’s strategy in the chase against RCB

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has questioned Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul after the new entrants failed to chase down 208 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022 Eliminator. The right-handed batter hit 79, but he faced 58 balls and was unable to complete the match for the team.

Several commentators were perplexed by the right-handed batter’s technique during the middle innings of the chase against the Red Army. During the field constraints, LSG skipper had a wonderful start, scoring 26 runs off 17 balls. Despite the increasing necessary run rate, the LSG captain only managed to knock one boundary in the next seven overs.

“They should have gone a little earlier. Sometimes, you wait too long but here, between the 9th and the 14th over, they should have been someone who should have been targeted, especially in that partnership,” Ravi Shastri said.

“When Hooda and Rahul were going, I think even though he did as well as he did, KL could have taken a little more chances because Hooda was going. Take a little more chances and he could have targeted someone between the 9th and the 13th over because Harshal was going to come back in the end. If they had got the required rate down at the stage, that would have madeRCB a little nervous,” Shastri added.

In response, LSG batsmen such as KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda gave it their all but were unable to win the game for their team. Patidar was named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance with the bat.