Rajat Patidar Decodes RCB’s Turnaround In IPL 2024, Namedrops ‘Virat Kohli’ In Big Praise


Rajat Patidar attributed RCB's revival to the team's new mantra of 'playing for pride'.© BCCI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) will face destiny when they take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, with the contest being termed a virtual knockout in the race for the IPL 2024 playoffs. RCB, one of four teams to win the IPL, looked dejected and out of form after losing seven of their first eight league matches. However, with five consecutive wins, RCB can possibly make the playoffs if they beat CSK in Bengaluru on Saturday based on their net run rate.

Middle-order batsman Rajat Patidar, who has been one of the catalysts in RCB's 'rise from the ashes' journey, has attributed the franchise's impressive revival in the tournament to the team's new mantra of 'playing for pride'.

“To have support from the franchise and the team management allows the players to give their best on the field. The atmosphere in the team was good even when things were not going with us. I think it helps in building the character of the players. “Plays a huge role.” Team. I think definitely it's a big franchise and playing for pride, which we did before in 2016. So I think we have an example in the pricing of our team,” Patidar said in a media interaction on Tuesday.

Patidar has scored 320 runs in his last seven matches with five fifties at an astonishing strike rate of 179.8. He is RCB's third-highest run-scorer after icon Virat Kohli (661) and captain Faf du Plessis (367).

“Kohli always puts the team first, which is a good thing for every player to learn,” Patidar was quoted as saying by India Today.

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RCB will have to beat Chennai Super Kings to reach 14 points to qualify. They will then hope that their NRR is above the other teams competing for the fourth spot in the playoffs. They will also hope that SRH loses both their remaining games or LSG does not win their last match by a big margin.

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