Royal Challengers Bangalore’s latest star, Kona Bharat, said his senior partner Glenn Maxwell had complete confidence that Andhra’s wicketkeeper-batsman could finish the last IPL league match against Delhi Capitals, which he did with a final six.
Bharat, who has had a good IPL with the bat, smashed 78 not out of 52 balls as he kept quiet under pressure and signed Avesh for six straight with five needed off the final delivery to chase a DC target of 165.
The result of the match had no influence on the points table though as DC finished top with 20 points and RCB at 18 but ranked third due to an inferior net running rate (-0.140) compared to Chennai Super Kings (+ 0.455).
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When asked what the conversation was before the final over, Bharat spoke about how Maxwell boosted his confidence. “The last over … Maxi and I were talking about what are the areas we can access. He said, watch the ball and have a bat on the ball … The last three balls, you know I asked him should he run, he said ‘no, you can finish it.’ He gave me a lot of confidence, ‘Bharat, who has had a couple of good scores of 32 against Mumbai Indians and 44 against Rajasthan Royals.
Bharat said he did not want to think too much ahead of him during the latter.
“I had just focused on one ball coming next. Instead of thinking about too many things. I kept it very simple and as a team, we did really well and we pulled it to away, “he added.
What has worked for Bharat in the UAE is the fact that he loves fast bowlers and DC has three legitimate wickets in Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Avesh.
“I love fast bowling, to be honest. I’ve played for India A and I’m also part of the Indian team, you get to play with the best bowlers in the country. It wasn’t an unexpected element for me to play speed.
“I would love someone who accelerates so you can work the ball instead of hitting the ball hard. I found it really interesting and I enjoyed the challenge, “he added.
Bharat has been batting regularly at No. 3 in this phase of IPL but management has told him that the order will remain flexible. “We are flexible to take any approach. It has been communicated fairly. Everyone is ready for their challenge. I don’t think there is any miscommunication. When you are given the chance, you want to well and finish it. well, “the 28-year-old keeper-batsman said during a virtual media interaction after the game.
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