Disappointing season, we need to forget this year: Suresh Raina

first_imgGujarat Lions lost their last match in this year’s Indian Premier League as they were handed a eight-wicket defeat by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Green Park, Kanpur on Saturday.Suresh Raina’s side, who finished in the top four last season, ended this year’s IPL second last with eight points from 14 games.After a brilliant debut season last year, this year has been a bad one for the two-year-old franchise and captain Raina said it was better to forget a “disappointing season”.”Disappointing season, we need to forget this year – we didn’t play well as an unit.”Talking about what went wrong today, Raina said the inexperience of his bowlers has cost the side this year.”It’s been that way for a couple of games, lack of experienced bowlers cost us. Credit to SRH, they had a game plan and went along with it,” he said.”We had a fine platform set today, but we lost our way completely after the first 10 overs,” he added.  However, he praised the youngsters for their brave performances this season.”It was a disappointing year this time around, but there was some positives – the bowling of Basil Thampi was excellent, Ishan Kishan batted very well.”Raina along with Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi and Ishan Kishan have been the highlight for the Lions.The Gujarat captain has scored 442 runs from 14 games this season, hitting thee fifties. While young Kishan slammed 277 runs from 11 games, hitting one fifty.In the bowling department, Tye lead the way and once he was out injured, the team fell apart. He grabbed 12 wickets from six games, including a hat-trick on his debut against the Rising Pune Supergiant. Thampi, has been another find of the season with his pin point yorkers and fantastic slow deliveries. The Kerala pacer also has 11 scalps to his name.advertisementThis could well be Gujarat’s last year in the league as the two suspended teams – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – are set to come back next year but nothing has been finalised yet by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).last_img read more

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