Faf du Plessis Photo- Twitter
Faf du Plessis Photo- Twitter

Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost by 7 wickets against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Friday, May 27.

Losing the toss and batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore were able to post 157/8 on the board. Rajat Patidar top-scored for the side with 58 runs under his belt. Also, Glenn Maxwell played an amazing knock and Faf du Plessis played decent innings.

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RR vs RCB: Great Season For RCB, Really Proud – Faf du Plessis After 7-Wicket Defeat In Qualifier 2

Chasing the target, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal provided Rajasthan Royals (RR) with a great start and they had a 61-run partnership. In the end, Jos Buttler played a sensational knock and finished things off in style by smashing a brilliant six. Jos Buttler scored 106* runs off 60 balls, including 10 fours and 6 sixes.

Now, Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League 2022 final on Sunday, May 29 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

When we walked off the field, we felt were a few short – Faf du Plessis

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI

During the post-match presentation ceremony, RCB captain Faf du Plessis said that they felt that they were a few runs short while batting first and 180 was a par score. He said:

“When we walked off the field, we felt were a few short. Was challenging the first 3-4 overs, was movement. Felt 180 was a par score on that pitch. The first six overs felt like Test cricket. Compared to the other wickets, this one was quicker off the new ball, and then it eased off later in the innings.”

Faf du Plessis said that the Royal Challengers Bangalore had a great run in the Indian Premier League 2022 and he is proud of the team. He said:

“Great season for RCB. Really proud. My first season coming in and seeing how special the fans are everywhere we go. A big thank you to everyone coming out and supporting us. Have had some incredible performances for us. Harshal has been amazing. DK.. all the guys picked for India.”

Faf du Plessis expressed disappointment at the loss and said that the Rajasthan Royals deserved the win. He also talked about the Indian culture and said:

“Obviously disappointed tonight. Came up against a really strong Rajasthan team who probably deserve it more than us. That’s the incredible thing, not just the bubble but also you have a deep respect of the people in India. When you go back to your hotel and there’s always people working till 3am, and then up at 7am for breakfast again. Grateful for all the kindness shown to us as a team, but I know it happens all across India. It’s a very good part of Indian culture.”

Du Plessis further lauded Rajat Patidar for his performance in the cash-rich league and said that the India National Cricket Team have a lot of talented players and they can play with three different teams at the same time. He asserted:

“Nice young talent in our squad, and obviously with a 3-year plan.. that’s what you try to maximise.. you get them raw at the beginning but they can turn into superstars. We’ve seen that Rajat, since he’s came in, has looked at home. A great future of Indian cricket. You can always pick three Indian teams after the IPL with the amount of young talent coming through.”

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. (Photo: IPL)

Faf du Plessis further thanked everyone and said that he was in awe while looking at the support for the IPL teams. He also said that the RCB players got emotional when fans were chanting for RCB during the DC vs MI clash. He elaborated:

“That’s been the most obvious thing when I joined the franchise. RCB RCB got chanted in that game (DC v MI). The guys got emotional. The support you get as a cricketer in India is remarkable. You can only be in awe of the support every franchise gets. Well done to everyone and thank you very much.”

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