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Ayush Badoni has delivered every time he's gone into bat: KL Rahul Ayush Badoni
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Ayush Badoni has delivered every time he's gone into bat: KL Rahul

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Apr 2022, 11:36 am

Mumbai/UNI: Showering praise on Ayush Badoni, Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul on Thursday said the young gun has delivered every time he has gone into bat.

"He (Badoni) has held his nerve everytime he has gone into bat and he's delivered for us under pressure. Great learning for him, important for him to keep working hard and stay humble," he said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Needing five runs to win in five balls, Badoni carved a boundary and a six in third and fourth ball to seal the match for his side, when tension reached acme in the final over due to the easy-paced wicket.

But, it was the heroics of opener Quinton de Kock who notched up a well-designed innings of 80 off 52 balls that saw Lucknow cross over the line, though Mustafizur Rahman and Shardul Thakur brought Delhi to life in 17th and 18th over.

Replying to a query, Rahul said the bowlers did a brilliant job, but they have to work in the powerplay.

"We assessed things well after that and bowled better. Obviously, I would have loved the bowlers to assess things a bit earlier, but it was nice to see them discuss the lines, lengths and pace to bowl after the powerplay," he said.

On fielding first, Rahul said, "We can't make up a reason everytime. You don't know what to expect of the pitch.

"Early on in the competition when the pitches are fresh, teams might want to bowl first. Once the tournament goes on and the pitches grip a bit, teams might want to bat," he said.