Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ashish Nehra rued their side's dropped catches after losing to Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Tuesday (April 2), their fourth straight loss in IPL 2019.
Bangalore dropped three catches at different stages of the innings, with Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav and Moeen Ali putting down fairly simple chances to reprieve Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi respectively.
"Had we held on to the catches...(things could have been different)," Nehra said at the post-match press conference. "We came close. The margin of error is very less, the difference between a win and a loss is very less. You have to be on top of your game. Some games, you will play well and lose. Some games you'll not play and win.
"You can't get 200 every time batting first. This wicket was not a 200-run wicket. The way Kohli and ABD got out together, we didn't have a good start. You have to give credit to Shreyas Gopal, he bowled well. We still got to 160. This format is such that if you bat first and lose you'll always say the team is 10-15 runs short. If we win, nobody says that. Overall, we didn't bat well."
RCB's bowling too appears slightly thin but Nehra was not too critical. He said it's tough to expect Umesh Yadav to have 20-wicket seasons every time, and called on others to support the pacer.
"In the last two-three matches, Umesh Yadav hasn't bowled as well as he did last year and you expect," he conceded. "But no cricketer will have the same tournament every year. The others should support him. Like how Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled today. Navdeep saini is just playing his third match. Marcus Stoinis is a batting all-rounder. We have to do the little things better."
Bangalore have changed their opening batting combination in all four matches, but Nehra said that was not an issue of concern.
"Batting order...only a few franchises have David Warner or a Johny Bairstow who do well consistently at the top," he explained. "Otherwise, all franchises change their batting order at the top. Nitish Rana scored a fifty for KKR and was changed. We've seen that Rohit Sharma hasn't opened a lot of times for Mumbai Indians. This is a fast paced game, if you lose one of two matches you will think about the small alterations. Harbhajan Singh was the Man of the Match in the first game, and didn't even feature in the XI in Chennai's latest match in the same ground. These things happen."