Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coach Sanjay Bangar has said that their loss to Gujarat Titans (GT) in their recent match of the IPL 2022, which was played this Saturday, was a close one and the way the team performed, the entire unit will take a lot of heart and confidence from the match.
Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar hit half-centuries helped RCB make 170/6 in 20 overs. At one point of time, it looked like GT will lose the match, but then David Miller and Rahul Tewatia finished the match with disdain and solidified GT’s position at the top of the points table.
“It was such a close game because all three phases if you see, the game was fought for close margins. A couple of chances actually didn’t go our way. The way Wani’s (Wanindu Hasaranga) ball missed (David) Miller’s stump by millimetres or for that matter, even (Mohammed) Siraj’s yorker or a LBW shout that was turned down against (Rahul) Tewatia. A couple of efforts in the field as well where we probably could have stopped a few more runs or could have scored 7-10 runs more. I think it’s a game of small margins,” lamented RCB coach Bangar.
Bangar also acknowledged the fighting spirit of his wards. “Very well fought, very well contested game and we will take a lot of heart out of it and a lot of confidence out of it.”
The RCB coach touted this loss as a learning experience, saying that now the team management knows which areas needed improvement and which needed minor tweaks.
“We would look at the game holistically rather than thinking of departments. All three departments if you would see, we have certain areas to step up. How can we get 10 runs more? How can we stop 6 runs in the field? Or could we have done anything different from a bowling perspective? Those are the things that we would review and we will work to improve upon them in the next game,” added Bangar.
RCB will next play CSK on May 4.