The former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel reckons that the RCB skipper Faf du Plessis made a couple of captaincy errors in the second qualifier of IPL 2022 against Rajasthan Royals yesterday and it’s because of those captaincy errors, the game got easier for the opposition.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batted first against Rajasthan Royals and set a target of 158, which was not a huge target, but the pitch had a little bit of extra bounce and it was ideal for tall bowlers who could bowl the hard lengths.
The most ideal bowler in the RCB attack who could have taken the advantage of the conditions was Josh Hazlewood, but surprisingly, Faf du Plessis used only one over of Hazlewood in the first 5 overs despite the fact that Hazlewood was economical in his first over and the other bowlers were being smashed around the park.
According to Parthiv Patel, Du Plessis should have started the bowling with Hazlewood in the first over of the innings itself so that he would have set the tempo and then he should have kept Hazlewood on for 3 overs straight because the only way RCB could have won that game was by picking wickets.
Parthiv Patel thinks Faf du Plessis should have used Hasaranga in powerplay rather than Shahbaz
Parthiv, who was speaking as a pundit on Cricbuzz, insisted even if Faf du Plessis wanted to go to spin, there was no need for him to go to Shahbaz Ahmed who is a far more inexperienced bowler as compared to Wanindu Hasaranga who is a Sri Lanka international and has been at the top of his game in this IPL.
In Parthiv’s opinion, because of the fact that Du Plessis didn’t back his best bowlers at the start of the innings against Rajasthan, allowed the Rajasthan opener Jos Buttler to tee off and play his shots, and by the time, Du Plessis brought on Hazelwood and Hasa Ranga, the game was almost over.