Rajkot: Gujarat Lions coach Brad Hodge said there were quite a few "areas of concern" in the side and was particularly miffed with the tendency of his spinners to bowl no balls at crucial junctures.
The Lions lost their second successive game on Tuesday against Delhi Daredevils, though they continue to top the
points table. "If you are 3 for 20 and lost three of your best batters upfront, you're going to be in trouble. Same (as) what happened the last game. In the last game against Kings XI Punjab, Axar (Patel) took a hat-trick. Couple of balls didn't even turn. We lost three wickets in an over. And again (today), three wickets in seven balls with three of our best batters. Losing wickets in powerplay is something we need to look at," Hodge said after the Lions' eight-wicket defeat at home.
The Australian was peeved at how no balls cost his side dear. "Unforgivable, unforgivable" he said. When Ravindra Jadeja overstepped to reprieve Sanju Samson after he was stumped in the 16th over, it was the second such let-off in three games. "Who knows what could've happened if that was given out. Next ball he gets a free hit, the ball goes for a boundary, game over. If you're just going to let your guard down for a moment, you're going to be found out. Hopefully, we can dust ourselves off and adjust and come out strong. I would certainly hope that these last two games hurt very much."
Hodge also did not sound satisfied with the pitch at the team's base. "It was not ideal. I must say the surface wasn't exactly what we were looking for. It is a little disappointing," he said. "This is your home ground, you expect a little bit better. But having said that, you cannot use that as an excuse. The opportunity was there."
He backed his top-order but felt they could be a little careful in their shot selection. "They are free spirited players. They are natural stroke-players and I don't want to certainly take that away from them. But we certainly just have to have a little watchful in our shot selection and adapt to the conditions a little bit better," he said.
Updated Date: May 04, 2016 15:38 PM