The 2016 IPL champion and the last year league finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad (srh) started off their season this year with a comfortable win against Rajasthan Royals. The team started off missing one of their key player and skipper David Warner who is banned from playing any game due to ball tampering issue. Kane Williamson was immediately chosen as the skipper by the franchise and he has shined through.
The orange army at their home ground was quite confident enough to rip apart the opposition’s wickets. Rahane’s Royals tumbled down under such performance and they could only put up 125 runs on board. Not to mention Hyderabad was definitely on hot waters about their opening batsman as Warner was missing. But the team camp took the wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha to let open their innings.
It was a surprising combination for the team and though Saha was not much success in his first role as an opener the team coach, Tom Moody feels that this decision will do wonders for the team. His past turfs in the T20 games were quite impressive which let the franchise take such decision. But Saha could only score a single digit of five runs falling to Jaydev Unadkat’s prey. But Tom Moody has backed up the Indian Test Wicketkeeper batsman.
“We feel he is a very dangerous top-order player. Not only is he comfortably the best ‘keeper in the country but we feel at the top of the order in T20 cricket his record is good,” he said.
Teams do look up for deadly left and right combinations and thus Moody though to partner Shikhar, Saha was the best choice. SRH will be locking horns with the Blue army, Mumbai Indians in Wankhede. Moody things that the pitch at Wankhede would be somewhat similar to the last game giving fuel to a good pace. Thus the team won’t be experimenting much and go with only a few changes keeping the team combination same.
“We are looking at a couple of options, yes, but we are reluctant to make too many changes for obvious reasons. We would also like to make sure that we have got the right match-ups for the game against Mumbai,” he concluded.