Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicket-keeper batsman Srikar Bharat explained that his exploits in domestic cricket and the amount of work he put in has finally started paying dividends. The 27-year-old was crucial in RCB’s run-chase against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday.
Bharat scored 44 off 35 balls and more importantly, stitched a 69-run third-wicket stand with Glenn Maxwell to take the side closer to the total. He was satisfied with the way he played and helped the side register their seventh win of the season.
“Whatever hard work you do on the backend always counts on the bigger platform like this. You tend to explore lots of cricket, domestic as well as franchise cricket, it all helps. It is a good feeling winning this game, I and Maxwell were just communicating in the center and we did what the team required of us at that particular time.”
“Definitely, you play with Virat Kohli, Maxwell, and AB de Villiers, you tend to learn a lot of good things in terms of cricket and how to handle things out of cricket. Maxwell and I discussed what areas we can access, the boundary options and how many overs a certain bowler is going to bowl,” Bharat stated during a post-match virtual press conference.
“Chahal varies his pace exceptionally well” – Srikar Bharat
Bharat further mentioned how well Yuzvendra Chahal has performed in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 season so far. Chahal has played four matches and picked up seven wickets at an incredible average of 11.4 and an even better economy rate of 5.57.
“Chahal is a very good bowler, he varies his pace exceptionally well. You have to be right in the game at every point, you cannot fade off even at the moment. I was trying to keep myself in the game as a wicketkeeper and you know, to read him from his hands. You have to be in the game, Chahal keeps the keeper interested always,” Bharat concluded.
RCB’s win makes its points tally to 14 from eleven matches. They will move on to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) who had beaten them quite comprehensively earlier in the season.