PKL 2019 | We only played according to coach’s strategy, says Krushna Madane
After Telugu Titans won their last game of the league against an in-form UP Yoddha side, defender Krushna Madane has said that the younger players, including him, in the team were all playing according to the strategies of the coach. Telugu defeated UP by 41-36 in their last game on Wednesday.
Krushna Madane is not a big name in the Titans team and didn’t play regularly as well with former skipper Vishal Bhardwaj in the side. However, as the Titans’ management decided to test the bench after they bowed out from the playoff race and Madane got a chance to perform.
Yesterday, the left-corner played an important role in helping the side win against home team UP Yoddha as he collected four tackle points from six attempts. Madane explained his feeling after the performance in the game last evening in Noida.
“There was no pressure as such. The coach had only told us how to play according to his strategy and that is all we had to do,” Madane told reporters.
Speaking about the new faces and their performance last evening, assistant coach Jagdish Kumble said, “We had been playing quite a few of our youngsters in our previous matches, especially in defence. They are very young so at times they had trouble controlling the match, which is why we played Vishal Bhardwaj in the previous match as well. We controlled the match well and even had a lead in the first half.”
“All I told the players before the match is to play to their potential since I had the belief that they had it in them to win. Siddharth was tackled a couple of times but he raided according to plan. In the second half, I told the boys that we can win the match, but it is important to keep the defence steady. That is what they did, and we got the win.”
It was a brilliant performance by Siddharth Desai in the second half which helped the Titans put some pressure on UP which has already made it to the playoffs. Desai scored 15 points in the game and was the top raider of the evening. Siddharth has said that the support from his teammates was important for him and the side to end the campaign with a win against UP Yoddha.
“I got tackled 2-3 times in the first half after which they had a lead of six. I had to go for it after that point. I was tackled from the right side a couple of times, so I tried from the left side. I got support from the team after that, which took us home, said Siddharth.