Kevin Pietersen, former England cricketer, has said that there are going to be several questions hovering RCB’s fast-bowling unit following the hammering they received at the hands of KL Rahul in the last game.
It was yet another day of the IPL where RCB’s fast bowling resources looked horribly out of depth as KL Rahul pulverized them to all corners of the ground during his artistic 132 on Thursday. KL Rahul became the first centurion of the Dream11 IPL 2020 and even though he got two lucky breaks in the form of two dropped catches by skipper Virat Kohli, one can’t deny the breathtaking ease with which Rahul smashed the duo of Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube in the last 4 overs.
KXIP scored 74 runs in their last 4 overs as Dale Steyn conceded 26 and Shivam Dube was hammered for 23 in their last 12 balls.
“There are going to be questions throughout. There’s going to be questions again leading into the next game and then the next game about RCB’s bowling attack. Unfortunately, what we have seen tonight, it’s going to lend itself to those questions coming back again,” Kevin Pietersen told Star Sports.
“Yes, and that’s why, leading up to their first game, I know it has started with us, but the questions are always about RCB’s bowling attack. Can they deliver? Because for that many times, since the inception of the tournament, it’s been RCB’s bowlers (under the pump). They have had the batters, they have had all the batters, even I batted ages ago, got to the semi-final or final and then it never ever materialised.”
Kevin Pietersen on how RCB bowlers helped KL Rahul get into his rhythm
Kevin Pietersen heaped high praise on KL Rahul’s knock but he also reckoned that the stylish KXIP captain was helped by some generous bowling by RCB pacers at the start of the innings. KP was referring to the gentle looseners that the likes of Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn dished out to Rahul during the powerplay.
“It was very special. He was composed. He got really nice deliveries to get himself off the mark,” Pietersen said.
“When you’re batting in T20 cricket and you get a couple on your legs that you can clip away, you then get a couple of short and wide balls from Dale Steyn that he put away. He the got the no ball that he whacked over extra-cover. You give a player of that quality that many opportunities to get away, he is going to make them pay and he did that tonight.” he added.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul broke a heap of records during his unbeaten 132. The KXIP skipper not only notched up the highest score by an Indian [beating Pant’s 128] but also became the highest individual run-scorer in an innings by a captain.