Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals captain, has said that the team management will take a call on whether England all-rounder Ben Stokes features in his sides’ game on Monday in due course given the fact he only gets out of quarantine tomorrow and is short of significant practice.
Smith said this in the immediate aftermath of the Royals fourth consecutive defeat of the tournament, this time in Sharjah, against a dominant Delhi Capitals unit on Friday.
”Stokes hasn’t had a lot of practice, he gets out of quarantine tomorrow, so we’ll see if he plays the day after tomorrow,” Steve Smith said in the post-match interview.
”The bowlers did a good job”- Steve Smith
On the Rajasthan Royals yet another appalling display, Steve Smith lamented on the fact that his side has just not able to execute their plans during crunch situations.
He, however, credited his bowlers for restricting Delhi Capitals to a sub-200 total in Sharjah but also noted that the wicket wasn’t as placid as it has been on previous occasions on this venue.
”We are not playing good enough over the 40 overs, and not executing when the pressure is coming on and you can’t win many games that way. The bowlers did a good job, and I don’t think the wicket was as good as it has been here, a bit sloppy tonight, and we gave away 10-15 extra runs.
‘We have to remain positive’- Steve Smith
Just like KXIP, the wheels are starting to come off for Rajasthan Royals. Smith admitted that the rub of the green is clearly not with his side currently but also blamed his batsmen for yet another collective failure.
”We have to remain positive, turn things around quickly. At the moment it doesn’t seem to be going our way. I’m not batting too well either. I did feel good tonight with the bat but didn’t get hold of one that I feel like I should have,” he signed off.
The Royals will now face SunRisers Hyderabad on October 11 in Dubai.