Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar praised Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy for their outstanding performances in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Krishna made a sensational comeback after a poor showing in Qualifier 1 by taking three crucial wickets in the match, including Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Sachin Tendulkar praises RR bowling attack
Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets on Friday (May 27), securing a spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season’s championship match. Jos Buttler, the English wicket-keeper batsman, continued his excellent form against the Virat Kohli-led side, scoring his fourth century of the IPL 2022 season to help his team win. He remained unbeaten on 106 from 60 balls, smashing 10 fours and six sixes.
However, credit for RR’s victory should not be given solely to Buttler, as the bowlers were the ones who restricted the opposition batters first.
Former Indian captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar praised the Royals pace duo of Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy for their outstanding performance in Ahmedabad on Saturday, highlighting this important factor. During their four-over spell, the duo took three wickets apiece and allowed less than six runs per over.
Sachin Tendulkar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel about the second qualifier match that RR bowlers never allowed RCB batters to play their shots freely throughout the match.
“Along with Prasidh, McCoy was the key bowler. Both kept Bangalore under pressure. Prasidh dismissed Karthik, who had been batting very well down the order with a good strike rate and followed it up with a brilliant delivery to Hasaranga. 157 wasn’t a good total at all on this surface,” Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar was blown away by Krishna’s delivery to dismiss Kohli in his first over of the match, calling it a “fantastic delivery.”
“When the ball is moving only one way, it is easy to leave deliveries. However, one of the balls came back in and hit Virat on the thigh. Batters then think, ‘I can’t leave balls’. Prasidh’s follow-up delivery (wicket ball) was very good. Virat was beaten by the bounce. and the ball moved away off the wicket. That was a fantastic delivery,” Tendulkar added.
Tendulkar also praised Rajat Patidar of RCB for his performance in Qualifier 2.
“Where there is pace and bounce on the wicket, it is not easy for batters to adjust, but Patidar did quite well. The two cover drives he hit off Prasidh, his position was excellent. I liked his calm and controlled approach during his innings,” said Tendulkar.