Royal Challengers Bangalore Director of Cricket and head coach Mike Hesson accepted that the staff made the mistaken resolution after successful the toss towards Kolkata Knight Riders.

On Monday, RCB misplaced to KKR by 9 wickets in Abu Dhabi. Virat Kohli received the toss and opted to bat first however KKR bowlers led by Varun Chakravarthy bowled brilliantly to skittle down RCB to 92.

RCB had been 41/2 on the finish of the powerplay with each the openers Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal again within the dugout. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (3/9) and Chakravarthy (3/13) had been the highest picks within the KKR bowling assault.

Hesson stated that his staff ought to have gotten a minimum of 150 within the first innings and commented that his batters lacked sharpness on the sector.

“I think it was actually to get any form of distraction out early. We talked about making that announcement as soon as possible really, all the players were aware of it. It has not impacted performance against KKR, we were not sharp with the bat, we lost wickets. But I am confident that this group will turn around pretty quickly,” Hesson stated in a digital post-match press convention.

Prasidh Krishna dismissed RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Credits: KKR/Twitter

“The team combination was not the problem today. To be fair, we probably got the toss wrong. It was not a 93-run wicket, we should have been able to get to 150. Whether that would have been enough or not, it is debatable because the ball started to slide down, but we were not sharp enough with the bat,” Hesson added.

Andhra Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat was handed his IPL debut towards KKR on Monday.

Bharat scored 16 runs and likewise donned the gloves behind the stumps instead of South Africa batsman AB de Villiers, who stored the wickets within the first leg of IPL 2021.

Hesson defined that they’d to herald Bharat with a view to relieve de Villiers from preserving duties and therefore they needed to drop Rajat Patidar, who scored 71 runs from 4 video games within the first leg.

“AB de Villiers did not have the gloves, we have to look after him. He is an important player for us, he is not one we can risk behind the stumps so that was unfortunate for Rajat (Patidar) as we needed a keeper-bat to do the role for us at number three. To be fair, KS Bharat has been outstanding in the camp and he deserves his inclusion,” Hesson defined. 

Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj celebrates wicket with Ab de Villiers, Virat Kohli. (Photo: BCCI)

“We were pretty clear in terms of Virat batting at the top, it is a lot harder to start against spin. We are very happy with Devdutt Padikkal and Virat opening the batting for us, high-quality players, left-right combination and KS Bharat can bat anywhere. We were forced for that change with AB de Villiers not keeping,” Hesson signed off.

RCB will face CSK in a mouth-watering conflict on September 24 in Sharjah.

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