The English all-rounder, Ben Stokes will come out of his quarantine on Saturday. Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith has answered the queries concerning Stokes’ participation in the IPL 2020.
On Friday, RR has faced defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals. They will play their next IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night. The team is depending highly on Stokes for turning its fortunes for this IPL season.
“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,”Smith said.
In their last game against Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan lost all their wickets much before completing their chase of 185 runs. They fell short by 46 runs. RR skipper Smith said his team is couldn’t deal with the pressure and hence lack the performance capacity.
“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 stoppy tonight, and we gave away 10-15 extra runs,”he said.
Smith added further that it is essential for them to remain positive and turn the games to their favour quickly. Smith accepted that he too is not batting well at this moment. According to him, things are not going as they have planned right at the moment.
DC skipper Shreyas Iyer heaped praised his men
The winning team captain, Shreyas Iyer was impressed with his bowling unit. He heaped praises on them for defending the score piled up by them. According to Iyer, their score was an under-par score. However, the bowlers played well during the second innings. They executed their plans well. Iyer further added that he is enjoying his role of captaincy and this is due to his team. His team makes it easy for him, especially the bowlers.
The skipper, however, told that his team will stay away from complacency and focus on their winning momentum.
The senior spinner of DC, Ravichandran Ashwin got the Player of the Match award, after he bowled a match-winning spell of 2/22.
Ashwin, who has recovered from a shoulder injury recently, stated that he is doing fine will the ball. However, he is staying cautious.