The skipper said the decision to go against the trend and bat first did not help but Gujarat Titans need to do something to step out of their comfort zone before the big battles in the IPL. Hardik Pandya, Titans, who are at the top of the IPL points table with eight wins from 10 matches and are set to reach the play-offs, lost to Punjab by eight wickets on Tuesday. Titans struggled for 143 runs for eight wickets, which Punjab achieved in 16 overs.
“We weren’t even close to an even score. 170 would have been ideal, but we kept losing wickets regularly and never came close to it. I backed myself with the bat, batting first was not a wrong call, we needed to Come out of our comfort zone,” Hardik said.
“We’ve chased well in this tournament, if necessary (later in the tournament), we should know how to set goals. It’s part of the learning curve, but it’s about coming out of our own comfort zone. It’s about learning.
“We were always talking about getting better when we were winning, we would talk about things that weren’t in our way today and come back better in the games to come.” Punjab Captain Mayank Agarwal Appreciated his team after a much needed win. He decided to leave himself in order to adjust Jonny Bairstow together at the top Shikhar Dhawan,
Explaining the move, he said: “We’re trying to get the best out of Johnny. He’s off to a good start. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll bat at four, I’ll open the innings on four’. It was clear with Livy that Shikhar has to bat and Livi can go out and play the way he wants to. The way he played, it was good, got the score early,” said Agarwal.
He also said that his team should gain some consistency as the race for the play-offs intensifies.
“We want to string some (wins), there’s no better time than to get some wins back-to-back.”
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