Kedar Jadhav too wasn't happy with DD's performance © IANS
Kedar Jadhav too wasn’t happy with DD’s performance © IANS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dismantled the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match 26 of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday. DD were put in to bat by RCB and were shot out for a meager 95. During the chase, it was the big Jamaican, Chris Gayle, who hurriedly smashed his way around the ground to take RCB to an impressive 10-wicket victory.

However, DD were in a low following the big defeat as apart from the bowling, their batting crumbled severely and as they were not able to post a challenging total. Kedar Jadhav too wasn’t happy with his teams’s performance. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

“I think we didn’t analyse the wicket well at the beginning. It wasn’t a 180 runs kind of wicket, 140 would have been a good total here because the ball was stopping and coming. Because we had lost wickets upfront I too couldn’t play freely when I came in to bat. And then wickets kept falling at the other end and we were forced to attempt the big hits so we could get a few quick runs on the board,” he said in an interview to iplt20.com.

“If there is a bowler like Mitchell Starc, who can take two wickets in an over, you have to protect the tail-enders. You have to keep the strike and if you succeed in hitting a boundary or a six (in an over) then you can see off his two-three overs. But when the tail-ender gets the strike there are chances of losing a wicket. So you have to work with them that way,” he added. Updates: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015

On being asked about his interaction and strategy when he came out to bat with Mayank Agarwal, he said, “He was saying since we were the last specialist batting pair we had to play as long as possible, until the 15th over or so and then we could see [go for it]. But I guess his shot came at the wrong time. We were getting runs. We could have carried on.”

He also spoke about his interaction with the coach and the captain during the strategic time-out. “I was told “Until [Shahbaz] Nadeem is there you can back him, you can take a run and give him the strike”. But then when Imran Tahir came, I had to play more balls and score runs and the effort was to take a run off the last ball. I could have played a couple of overs more,” he said. Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015

On being asked about the reason for the batting collapse, he said, “I think we could have been more technically solid, especially against a bowling line-up like Mitchell Starc and the others. We still have half the tournament left. Every team has one wicket-taking fast bowler; so if we show a good defensive technique against him, then you can score off the other bowlers. But if lose three or so wickets to the main bowlers it becomes difficult.”

He also spoke on how to tackle a fast-bowler in sensational form with the like of Mitchell Starc. “You have an idea that he will go for the wickets. So I feel batsmen have to tighten their technique and respect the bowler if he is bowling a good ball. You will get a boundary any way because you can use his pace to get it. But if you are losing wickets even while defending it will be difficult,” he said. Match Gallery

He also concluded by speaking on the next game and the team’s strategy for it along with the coaches. “It’s a good thing that there is a break [next match on 1st of May] and the mindset will be fresh again. It is important that we are in a positive frame of mind,” he said.

“The coaches do what they can during practice. But at the end of the day when a batsman comes to the crease he has to assess the conditions and situation. And I feel that on a wicket like this even if you leave a couple of deliveries it is alright especially if the bowler is bowling well,” he concluded. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage