Suresh Raina: We missed Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo's bowling experience

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Suresh Raina: We missed Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo's bowling experience

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SportsCafe Desk

04/08/2017

Suresh Raina has claimed that his Gujarat Lions side missed the experience of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo during their humiliating 10-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL last night. Raina urged his bowlers to see the match as an important learning experience going forward.

Despite putting up a formidable target of 184 on the board, Gujarat Lions were comprehensively beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders during their opening encounter of IPL 2017 in Rajkot, yesterday. Gautam Gambhir (76*) and Chris Lynn (93*) attacked the inexperienced Gujarat bowling and coasted to victory with relative ease.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, NDTV Sports quoted Raina as saying, "I think 180 still was a good total. We did not bowl well in the first six overs. The bowling was not experienced and it is a learning curve. They played really good cricket shots. We need to learn from here. We missed the experience of Jadeja and Bravo. Jadeja has done really well in T20 format. When you are not bowling well upfront, you need experience, someone like Bravo in the middle."

Raina and Bravo are set to miss the initial few matches of Gujarat’s campaign as Bravo recovers from a hamstring injury while Jadeja gets some much-needed rest after a long home season with India. Despite his side’s questionable bowling performance, Raina praised Dinesh Karthik’s contribution of 47 with the bat saying, "Dinesh batted really well, he had a good first-class season. Still, we have batting depth in the team."

Meanwhile, following their thumping victory, Gautam Gambhir showered praise on his bowlers and his opening partner, Chris Lynn for his swashbuckling innings, where the Aussie scored a fifty in just 19 balls. “You can't ask for more from

“You can't ask for more from Lynny (Lynn). He took a lot of pressure off me. We are going to give Lynny a longer run. Hopefully, he can keep smacking it. We all know how dangerous he is, and hopefully, we can play around him,” Gambhir, who scored an unbeaten 76, said after the game.

"The bowlers also did a fantastic job. I always feel that somebody who can take the ball both ways will be crucial. We have Kuldeep (Yadav), (Piyush) Chawla.”

However, the Kolkata skipper also acknowledged that his fielders have to up their game before they travel to play the Mumbai Indians, tomorrow. "The dropped catches were there - but we need to be proactive in the fielding. We have just one day to recover and we will have to bring our A game against Mumbai in Mumbai.”

Man of the match, Chris Lynn, said that he was enjoying his role at the top of the order as he it meant that he didn't have to alter his playing style. "To hit the ball a long way is my role. Touch wood and I enjoy the role. At the end of the day, it is about preparation. I like the spot at the top, the ball is coming on. I am used to the ball coming on at home," Lynn said.

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