Riding on a scintillating 75(47) from Shimron Hetmyer and 65(48) from Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowed out of IPL 2019 with a consolation 4-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Bengaluru. After SRH posted 175/7 with the help of skipper Kane Williamson’s stroke-filled 70, RCB were able to knock off the required runs with 4 balls to spare.
After the match ended, Player of the Match Hetmyer admitted that the start to this season was ‘a little tough’ for him as he was ‘getting used to the environment and the IPL’. Shimron further added that he had learned a lot from the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during his time at RCB.
“To start was a little tough as I was just getting used to the environment and the IPL. It’s fantastic (RCB), I’ve learned a lot from both AB and Virat and all the coaches. Just trying to take it one step at a time,” said Hetmyer.
When asked whether the expectations from him were bogging him down during the earlier matches he answered in the affirmative.
“Sometimes it gets in your head but just try and clear your head as much as possible and go and execute,” replied Hetmyer.
His partner at the other end during most of RCB’s chase – Gurkeerat – said that while batting with Hetmyer, he only avoided ‘doing anything silly’.
“The thing is, I went in to bat in a good position and had a lot of overs to spare. I was just looking to build a partnership with Hetty. When you have someone like him (Hetmyer), you don’t have to do anything silly. I just tried to get my common sense on. Really happy that we ended on a good note. The crowd has been amazing for us and we want to thank them even though things haven’t gone our way. (This innings) means a lot because I haven’t been on the field for nearly two years. I just wanted to make my presence felt,” said Mann.