After another disappointing batting display that saw them finish with a below-par score on Saturday (September 26), Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner was critical of his team’s lack of ambition through the middle overs.
Warner especially bemoaned the fact that despite having wickets in hand, the batsmen in the centre didn’t go hard enough as they eventually finished with 142 for four – a total that was chased down with two overs to spare. He even went as far as to say that the number of dot balls they played was not “acceptable in T20 cricket”.
“We just can’t have batsmen on the bench and two others batting 20 overs,” Warner said. “We could have gone a little bit harder. After I got out, we played out 4-5 overs for about 20 runs.
“We have to apply more pressure and hit more boundaries in the middle period. I am disappointed with the dot balls we played. I think there were 35-36 dot balls. I don’t think it’s acceptable in T20 cricket.”
Warner’s comments refer to the period of play when the duo of Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey were at the crease. The pair held fort for a majority of the second half of the innings (overs 9.1 – 17.4). And while they took their time getting in, the acceleration wasn’t as desired. Their partnership for the third wicket produced 62 runs but it took them 51 balls getting there.
All this happened while the Sunrisers had hitters like Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan waiting in the dugout. Saha’s innings was particularly detrimental as he took 31 balls for his 30. It meant that Nabi and Sharma could only face 11 balls between them, while Rashid never got a chance to bat.
Even so, Warner felt that the batting order wasn’t the problem as he felt that the 10th over was too early to send a pinch hitter like Nabi in. “It’s easy to say that we should have sent a pinch hitter,” he said. “You have to put a genuine batsman in. When I got out, we had to build a partnership. When I got out, we had to build some momentum. It’s unfortunate that they bowled well, pulled their length back and we couldn’t hit the boundaries.”
With two defeats in two games now, Warner called for a change in mindset heading into their next encounter.
“I think we need to change our mindset before we play here again. The boundaries are a tad bigger than what they are in India. We have to work out where we are going to get our boundaries.”