"You’ve got to admire how Dhoni takes the game deep (as captain) and gets the job done,” Stokes said after the game. “Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hand up and say that the best players in the world can do that, and he certainly showed that tonight.”
Reflecting on the first three games of the campaign for Rajasthan, Stokes said, “Look, in our first three games we’ve put ourselves into really good positions to win all three of them. We know it’s just about winning those crucial moments. That was the last over and unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line. After losing your first three games, you probably can’t say that you’re taking positives from that but there’s no point in looking back now.
“We’ve got the concentrate on however many games we’ve got because if we lose four or five on the bounce, it’s going to be really tough to come back from that.”
Chasing 176 to win, the Royals were in contention till the last over before Dwayne Bravo stepped up and produced the goods, giving away only three runs and taking his side to an eight wicket win. However, things could have been different if Stokes was still at the crease, who Bravo dismissed off the first ball of the over.
“The plan was to get it down to the last over, the first ball is the most important to get a boundary off,” Stokes said about the last over. “I felt it was unlucky that the ball went straight to the fielder but Bravo is so experienced in those situations, he knows what to do.
“He’s probably one of the best in the world at doing it. So, you just need to say well bowled at the end of the day.”
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First Published: April 1, 2019, 8:39 AM IST