Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab Kings by 4 wickets last night at the Dharamshala stadium. They really needed this win as it keeps them in battle for IPL 2023’s playoffs.
Although the chances of them qualifying are very less and they need RCB and MI to lose by massive margins to make that happen, they mathematically still got a chance. Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson was charged up after last night’s win.
He praised his players in the post match conference and said that he had expected that RR would win by the 19th over but it took them 4 more balls due to the departure of Shimron Hetmyer in the 19th over.
He also opined that the last few matches, they were under huge pressure given the qualification scenario.Sanju Samson said, “I think at the end of the game, when Hety (Hetmyer) was going strong we thought we will finish by 18.5.
We have a quality team and it is a little shocking to see where we stand on the table.”Sanju also talked very highly of Yashasvi Jaiswal who has been RR’s most consistent performer in IPL 2023. “I have been talking about Jasiwal almost every game. He has shown maturity. It feels he has played 100 T20Is.
Almost 90 percent of the times we feel Boult will take a wicket in the first over. We were under pressure in the last few games.”At the start of the season, RR were one of the favorites for IPL 2023. In fact, they were the table toppers during the beginning of the season.
However, they bottled their lead with back to back losses in the middle of the league stage and thus stand fifth on the points table right now. It will not be wrong to say that Sanju Samson’s men have highly underperformed.