In his post-match press conference, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) all-rounder Jason Holder acknowledged that the presence of off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham had a significant influence on the team’s fortunes in their IPL 2022 encounter against the Delhi Capitals (DC).
A substitute for Manish Pandey, who was struggling with his form, Gowtham was brought into the starting XI. A well-set Prithvi Shaw was sent back to the pavilion in the eighth over of Delhi’s innings, giving LSG a commanding lead. After the opener was dismissed, DC’s enthusiasm sagged, and they only managed to score 149 for 3.
Holder was questioned about the choice to give the eighth over to Gowtham rather than leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi at the post-match press conference. In response to a Sportskeeda question, he said that:
“You will have to ask that question of the captain, I suppose. The decision to choose him for bowling was based on his ability as a batter as well. When we needed his four overs, we were fortunate enough to have him come in and break the partnership for us. In Twenty20 cricket, it is less important how you start and more importantly how you end. Any bowler may be struck at any point of a match, regardless of who is bowling. The only thing left to do is maintain one’s composure and go through.”
While Shaw was removed in the eighth over, he was instrumental in getting DC off to a fast start. Holder explained how Lucknow planned its retaliation after taking a thrashing from Shaw, saying that it was all about adhering to the fundamentals. He went on to say:
“When I finished my first over, I told the boys that there wasn’t much swing in the ball. I was quite aware that we needed to be extremely disciplined in the powerplay. There wasn’t much swing on the wicket, so you could easily go on top of the bowlers in the powerplay if you wanted to. Even though they had a strong start, we were confident that we could set them back in the middle.”
The former West Indies skipper credited the team’s efforts, which included contributions from both pacers and spinners, for the successful comeback. He went on to say:
“We have some really smart spinners in our team. Bishnoi performed well for us. Gowtham, who was playing in his debut game, was outstanding as well. Similarly, Andrew Tye, who came in at the latter end of our powerplay and into the middle overs, he did a fantastic job for us. The way we responded to the attack was a true team effort. Congratulations to every one of us.”
Even though Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Khan put up an unbroken 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket, neither of them was able to carry the assault to the LSG camp, as a consequence of which Delhi fell at least 20 runs short of the target.
“I just tried not to be too predictable”: Jason Holder
As impressive as the LSG spinners and Tye were, Holder too contributed with an efficient stint in which he conceded just 30 runs in his four overs. He bowled a lot of slower balls and was able to keep the DC batsmen under control. When asked about his game strategy with the ball, the tall pacer responded as follows:
“Yeah, I simply tried to make it as interesting as possible. The nature of the wicket meant that just a few balls gripped, after which it was all about hammering yorkers at the backend of the innings. Simply said, I tried not to be too predictable and to be as adaptable as I possibly could.”
In response to the bowlers’ efforts to reduce DC to 149 for 3, Quinton de Kock hit 80 off 52 deliveries to help LSG win the match by six wickets.