Hardik Pandya, Explains Surprising Decision To Bat First Against Punjab Kings. GT, lead the IPL points table with eight wins from ten games and are poise to make the play-offs, were defeat by PBKS by an eight-wicket defeat on Tuesday.
The decision to bat first against the trend did not pay off, but it was something the Gujarat Titans need to do to get out of their comfort zone ahead of the bigger battles that await them in the IPL, according to skipper Hardik Pandya. Titans, who lead the IPL points table with eight wins from ten games and are expect to make the play-offs, were defeat by Punjab by eight wickets on Tuesday. Titans struggled to 143 for eight, which Punjab chased down in 16 overs.
Hardik Pandya, Explains Decision To Bat First Against PBKS
“We didn’t even come close to a par score. 170 have been ideal, but we kept dropping wickets and never came close. I supported ourselves with the bat; batting first wasn’t a bad decision; we need to get out of our comfort zone “Hardik stated.
“We chase well in this tournament, and if it came down to it (later in the tournament), we need to know how to set targets.” This is all part of the learning process, but it is all about learning to step outside of our comfort zone.
“Even when we were winning, we were always talking about getting better. We would talk about things that didn’t go our way today and how we could come back stronger in the next game.” Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal praised his team after the much-needed victory. He chose to drop down the order to make room for Jonny Bairstow at the top, alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
He explained the move as follows: “We’re doing everything we can to get the most out of Jonny. He’s done well in the beginning. ‘It’s okay, I’ll bat at four and anchor the innings at four,’ I said. It was clear with Livi, Shikhar to bat through and Livi to go out and play the way he wanted to play. It was nice how he play, and he got the score quickly “Agarwal state.
He also stated that his team must improve its consistency as the race for a play-off spot heats up.
“We’d like to string a few (wins), and there’s no better time than now to do so.”