Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Qualifier 2 clash of the IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Ahmedabad on May 27 will be a ‘royal’ one as both teams want to be on the winning side.
“It’s been 14 years for RCB (as they’ve never owned that elusive silverware) and 13 years since Rajasthan won their last title in the inaugural season. So between the two of them, it’s been 27 years (laughs). They both want it badly and it will be a battle of Royals. Let’s wait for that one. It’s going to be a great contest as both the teams would want to win it badly,” Shastri said on the Cricket Live show on Star Sports.
While RR lifted the trophy in the inaugural edition, the Bangalore side is still searching for the elusive IPL title. Both franchises have shown remarkable skill and class this season to get themselves into a position where they can end their title drought.
Graeme Smith, the former captain of South Africa, believes Qualifier 2 would be an exciting match. Smith, who was a part of the Rajasthan team that won the 2008 IPL, believes the pressure will be on Sanju Samson and his teammates as they are coming off a seven-wicket loss to Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, while the Faf du Plessis-led side is coming off a 14-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator.
The winner from this clash will take on Gujarat Titans in the finals at the same venue on May 29.
(STAR SPORTS INPUTS)