Rajasthan Royals coach Kumar Sangakkara delivers team speech after narrow loss to Mumbai Indians

Last update: May 01, 2023, 6:28 p.m. HST

Kumar Sangakkara tried to increase the confidence of his RR players.  (Screenshot)

Kumar Sangakkara tried to increase the confidence of his RR players. (Screenshot)

Despite a mammoth total, the Rajasthan Royals ended up losing to Mumbai Indians on Sunday night

Head coach Kumar Sangakkara gave a pep talk to the players of his IPL Rajasthan Royals team after the team suffered a narrow defeat, their fourth of the season, this season on Sunday.

Rajasthan, who have one of the best bowling attacks in IPL 2023, came awfully close to defending a mammoth 213-run target against Mumbai Indians.

Sangakkara addressed the team members inside the RR locker room, saying they should enjoy the game of cricket regardless of the results.

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The Sri Lankan legend further praised the cricketers for their efforts while suggesting they are improving day by day. A clip of the interaction was shared on the Rajasthan franchise’s official Twitter page.

In the Twitter video, Sangakkara can be seen telling the Rajasthan players: β€œI know we are feeling depressed. When you have a big match, a big total, you expect to win. It’s the same thing we did on the other sides. So don’t go down. We have a lot of cricket to play. So keep repeating the good stuff. The only thing from today I want you to appreciate the effort and all the good cricket you played.

Rajasthan fans have also shown their confidence in the team, voicing their thoughts in the comment section. Some of them also made suggestions regarding the improvement of the team.

A fan has shown their belief in Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson and pledged to support the unit through their ups and downs.

Another fan felt that Yasashvi Jaiswal deserved to be on the winning side, referring to the century when Rajasthan opened against Mumbai.

Jaiswal crushed 124 runs on 62 balls, an inning that included 16 limits and 8 sixes.

A user asked the management of the Rajasthan team to rebuild their bowling department.

Here are some other reactions:

RR has been in fine form but suffered three defeats in their last four IPL 2023 matches.

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Except for Jaiswal, no batter could shine in the Mumbai game. Their bowling department also looked helpless against Mumbai’s searing batting spectacle with just two bowlers maintaining a sub-10 economy.

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Jason Holder proved to be the most expensive, as the versatile Caribbean player conceded as many as 55 runs while netting 3.3 overs.

Following the defeat, Rajasthan now have 10 points from 9 games.

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