Shamsi: RCB couldn’t bowl well to pull off a victory

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi expressed disappointment after his side lost to Gujarat Lions on Sunday.

Despite Virat Kohli's century, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Gujarat Lions by six wickets.   -  PTI

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi expressed disappointment after his side lost to Gujarat Lions by six wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium.

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“We had a decent total on board and we are all disappointed to end up on the losing side. We just have to get back to our drawing board and work harder in our bowling,” said Shamsi. “Had we won the game, nobody would have questioned our decision to bat first. It was a good total, but we couldn’t bowl well to pull off a victory.”

Virat Kohli battled leg century and dehydration on way to his century on Sunday. Mandeep Singh was replaced K.L. Rahul in the side due to Injury.

“Virat’s one of the best in the world. He knows what he is doing and if a batsman like him bats through the 20 overs, we were sure to get somewhere close to a decent total on board. Mandeep got injured in the warm and I am not sure on his injury yet.”

Speaking about RCB’s bowling plans, Shamsi said: “I haven’t been here for a long time to answer this. We have got some clear plans from the management which we need to execute and hopefully in the next game we will be able to pull it off. It’s not about the last over but it is about the 20 overs. We will just have a chat and everybody are trying hard, so hopefully we come back stronger.”

Shamsi revealed that he learns by watching Australian cricketer Brad Hogg and South Africa’s Imran Tahir.

“I watch Brad Hogg a lot, as there are no many left-arm chinaman in the game right now. I try to watch him quite a bit. Me being a youngster, I learn a lot from him. And Imran Taher from the Proteas. I am quite close to him and he being a leg spinner he helps me a lot. He speaks a lot to me about my bowling and if I can be half as these guys I can be pretty good.”

Shamsi, who joined the squad replacing Samuel Badree, played his second match for the Bangalore side on Sunday.

“I got many calls and couple of family members messaged me saying thankfully you need not face Chris Gayle, Virat (Kohli), (AB) De Villiers and (Shane) Watson. I think I am in a good position at the moment and there aren’t any batsmen as good as these guys in the other teams.”

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