Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane has put his weight behind the underfire medium pacer, Jaydev Unadkat.

The southpaw bowler was not able to deliver the goods, as he scalped 11 wickets in the 15 matches he played for the Rajasthan Royals. Furthermore, Unadkat conceded runs at an economy of 9.65 in this season.

However, Unadkat had taken 24 wickets in the 12 matches in the previous season of the IPL while playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant.

Meanwhile, the Saurashtra bowler was not able to repeat his last edition’s heroics in IPL 2018. Jaydev Unadkat leaked 33 runs in his two overs against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Jaydev Unadkat was bought for INR 11.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals. Thus, there were huge expectations from the medium pacer. However, the left-hander failed to come up roses.

Ajinkya Rahane said in the post-match press conference, “After six overs, both the right-handers are there. You have to see what is your best chance to get that wicket. I felt Jaydev is a very good bowler. Yes, he went for runs tonight but he has done really well for us throughout the season. He got those crucial wickets in the middle overs. You got to back your bowlers, I felt at that moment, Unadkat was the best guy to go to”.

IPL 2018: Ajinkya Rahane Puts his Weight Behind Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat. Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane gave credit to the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers to put a tight grip on the proceedings.

The hosts’ bowlers were right on the money, and Rajasthan batsmen could not get going.

“Credit goes to KKR bowlers. Especially the way they bowled the last 4-5 overs. If you see, last 36 balls we got 30 odd runs. So when opponents bowl like that, credit goes to them. We need to learn for next season. We batted well in patches and were not that good enough throughout the season,” he added.

Furthermore, Andre Russell was able to change the complexion of the game. The Windies all-rounder scored a quickfire 49 off 25 balls to give the much-needed impetus to the home side.

Rahane also gave credit to the pugnacious all-rounder who scored a match-defining knock.

Andre Russell KKR IPL 2018
Credits: BCCI

“But credit goes to (Andre) Russell..the way he batted, played fearless cricket. But again we started off really well. First six overs, we were 50/1 then after second timeout (14th over), we needed seven overs and 60 odd runs. When you have eight to nine wickets in hand you generally end up getting those runs,” Rajasthan Royals skipper added.

Moreover, Rahane went on to add 170 was chaseable but they needed a batsman to bat right throughout the innings. Unfortunately, no tourists batsman was able to stay all the way in the second innings.

“We thought 170 was chaseable. We needed partnerships and we got those partnerships initially with (Rahul) Tripathi and then me and Sanju Samson. We needed one batsman to bat throughout those 19-20 overs and we did not do that,” Indian Test deputy concluded.

It was a disappointing end for the Rajasthan Royals. However, they have themselves to blame, as a better batting display could have got them over the line.

Gautam Chauhan

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