Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn said that the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are down but they are not out of the league yet. He said that the SRH players could give a tough fight back in the upcoming games, fuelled by their ‘professionalism’ and desire to be there with the team for next year’s mega auction as well.
Dale Steyn said that after seeing SRH’s 8-wicket defeat against the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. Kane Williamson-led team were already placed at the eighth spot before the match and the defeat more or less made sure of their unofficial disqualification from the race to the playoffs as well.
In an interaction with ESPNcricinfo, Dale Steyn said: “All of these guys are professionals so they’ll all want to finish well, that’s one thing. They all also know that there’s a big auction happening next year so nobody wants to go out there and just be like, ‘I am going to throw this away because we are at the bottom of the table’. They want to show they are class players, they want to win a couple of games, get some confidence and show other teams out there that if there’s any interest in them, they are available.”
However, Dale Steyn also shared how every IPL season, one team struggles to get going despite having all the quality players in the team. SRH will now play against the seventh-placed Punjab Kings on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how they bounce back and give their best.
“They are just in a bad hole right now and we see that happen in almost every IPL where one team just can’t get it together even though they’ve got fantastic names and great players. They just seem to be in a little bit of a hole and can’t get themselves up. But they are all professionals and every single one of them would like to do something in the remainder of the IPL to show how good they actually are and to put their hand up to come back for next year’s IPL,” Dale Steyn concluded.