Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has picked Kane Williamson as the star performer in last night’s IPL 2022 match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Gujarat Titans (GT). Williamson has scored 57 runs off 46 balls as SRH chased down the 163-run total with ease with eight wickets and five deliveries to spare as well. He added two partnerships with Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi to lay the winning foundation for the run chase.
While reviewing the SRH-GT game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked Williamson as the standout player. He reasoned: “I am going with Kane Williamson. Anything might be happening around him – bombs are exploding, tornadoes are coming but he is calm, cool and collected. That’s Williamson. This team’s heart, heartbeat, life, kidney – everything is Kane Williamson. When he scores runs, this team looks very good.”
Chopra explained: “Very unlikely hero because it was an odd match where if you see all bowlers – Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Natarajan took two wickets apiece, you say they are good performers but none of them was extraordinary. If you see in the batting Abhishek played well, later Nicholas Pooran finished the job.”
All the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers have played well to restrict the Titans to a score of 162/7. Apart from Williamson, Abhishek Sharma (42) and Nicholas Pooran (34*) also contributed with the bat.
“Kane Williamson played well. He should have been given out at the start but wasn’t. He stood there, it was a sedate but important knock, a match-winning knock. The good thing is that you control the controllables, don’t leave the macro picture. If you cannot be the hero, it’s fine to be the hero’s brother. It’s alright, there was no ego. He came at the start, batted at different stages of the game and batted almost till the end. When he got out the match was almost in Hyderabad’s grasp,” Aakash Chopra concluded.