IPL 2021: RCB coach Mike Hesson reveals why Daniel Christian was promoted up the order

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Mike Hesson revealed why Daniel Christian was promoted up the order during RCB’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Virat Kohli’s RCB lost the game against SRH by 4 runs with this their hopes of finishing in the top two are almost over.

“We felt that the powerplay is going to be the easiest time to score runs. Thus we gave Daniel Chrisitan a bit of license to go. Just go out and attack and score runs in the powerplay to put us ahead in the game. Obviously, that has not worked so far in the last two games. After that we lost two quick wickets thus we decided to send KS Bharat in the middle. And wanted to finish the game with ABD,” Mike said.

Daniel Christian in IPL 2021

His score : 1, 1, 1, 1 and 1
Not out: 1
Highest score: 1
Ducks: 1
Batting average this season: 1
Matches lost when he was in XI: 1
Catches dropped by him: 1

Chasing 142, RCB had a horror start as their captain Virat Kohli, and Dan Christian were dismissed in the first powerplay. Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapped Kohli in the very first over of the innings while Christian was removed by Siddarth Kaul in the 4th over. After the first six overs, the RCB’s score read 37/2.

Wickets kept falling for RCB as Umran Malik struck for the very first time in IPL as he sent back KS Bharat in the 7th over. Devdutt Padikkal and Glenn Maxwell then joined forces to rebuild the RCB’s ship. The duo managed to propel RCB to 92/3 after 14 overs. However in the 15th over, a brilliant direct hit from Kane Williamson saw dangerous-looking Glenn Maxwell walking back to the pavilion. Maxwell scored a brilliant 40 off 25 balls.

Talking about the turning point of the game Mike said,” I think Glenn was scoring at the run rate of 10 an over. He was the only batsman that had the fluency on the surface. And he was set so he was probably the man we wanted at the crease. Exceptional piece of fielding by Kane to dismiss Maxi. But I think we left a little bit too much at the end and thus could not finish.”