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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals must overcome inconsistent performance - Ish Sodhi

Ish Sodhi, Rajasthan Royals legspinner, has said the team’s inability to perform consistently in both batting and bowling must be overcome ahead of their key clash against Chennai Super Kings

cricket Updated: May 10, 2018 22:08 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan Royals need to win against Chennai Super Kings in order to stay alive for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 play-offs.
Rajasthan Royals need to win against Chennai Super Kings in order to stay alive for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 play-offs.(AFP)

Rajasthan Royals, currently sixth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 points table, need to win against Chennai Super Kings in order to stay alive for the play-offs. However, the team’s legspinner Ish Sodhi has said Rajasthan Royals need to play a perfect game to beat MS Dhoni’s side, something which they have not been able to achieve.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Sodhi said, “We have had some good batting performances but they have been backed by poor bowling. We have had good bowling but we have backed it up with bad batting performances. That has been the main issue. The games that we won, we played both assets of the game well.”

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Out of the 10 games played by Rajasthan Royals, they have secured victory in four of the games. In the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sanju Samson’s 92 helped them post a big total while in their wins against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Jos Buttler’s fifties and consistent bowling were the major factors.

Take wickets, not contain runs

Sodhi emphasised that Rajasthan Royals’ main mantra will be to take regular wickets and not focus on just containing the flow of runs. The New Zealand legspinner said Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne is ingraining this attitude among the players.

“In Twenty20s, it is easy to have a defensive mindset. Warne attacked and he was good at it. Twenty20 is all about trying to stop runs. The best way to stop runs is by taking wickets. Being aggressive is the best thing and that is what he is drilling into my brain,” Sodhi said.

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Gowtham’s inputs key

The 25-year-old has said adapting to different wickets will be the key and said he was relying on Krishnappa Gowtham’s inputs in order to plan his style of bowling.

“I will see how the pitch is in the first six overs. I will speak to Krishnappa Gowtham, see how the wicket behaves for him and I will plan my bowling. In the last match, we batted and I could see how the wicket was to bowl and I could plan on what to bowl,” Sodhi said.

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A win for Rajasthan Royals will keep them in the hunt for the play-offs while Chennai Super Kings’ victory will get them closer to a spot in the play-offs.