“A very professional performance in all departments, especially with the ball. There was a calmness to the batting as well and it’s really good to start off the tournament like this,” Dravid said at the post-match press conference.
“The batting was really good, with Rahane and Sanju playing two composed innings. They showed a lot of maturity and then Stuart, the ball he bowled to Sachin Tendulkar was a beauty, he’s exactly the kind of player you want at No 6 or 7 in T20,” he added.
Dravid said they let the rivals score a bit too much considering their good start but it was not unexpected as the rival batting line-up was quite good.
“We switched the bowlers around, and they did really well in the first ten. We may have given them a little too much in the last ten, but that happens when Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard are there in the middle.”
Royals’ paceman Vikramjeet Malik was adjudged Man-of-the- Match for his three-wicket haul.
“I knew the condition well. As advised by Dravid, I was just looking to find a good length to bowl and hit the deck around off stump and to move the ball,” said Malik.