Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar opines that the Sunrisers Hyderabad management and coaching staff should also come under the scanner as much as their former skipper David Warner after the team’s dismal returns in IPL 2021.
Kane Williamson was put at the helm replacing David Warner, who led SRH to the title in 2016, after five losses in the six games of IPL 2021 by the SRH management, which comprises director of cricket Tom Moody, head coach Trevor Bayliss, assistant coach Brad Haddin, batting mentor VVS Laxman and bowling mentor Muttiah Muralitharan,
The Aussie opener remains the most successful overseas batsman in the tournament’s history. However, his form with the bat this season was well below his standards – moreover, his strike rate of 110.29 in 6 games was considered to be hurting the side, and hence he was dropped from the team as well to include an all-rounder strengthening the thin middle-order.
Sunil Gavaskar, however, believes that while Warner’s exclusion remains debatable, the franchise should hold the coaching staff responsible as well for their bottom-placed position this season so far.
“Hyderabad will also get time to think about its decision to not just sack David Warner as the captain but even to drop him from the playing XI. Warner was getting runs but not in the same assertive manner of earlier years. Still, with little support from the others, those runs were precious. Yet, he was left out of the playing XI, which was strange. Without the cares of captaincy, he could have been the galvanizing batsman that the team needed,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.
“While the rights and wrongs of dropping him as captain could well be debated for long, the question that needs to be asked is if captains can be changed midway, why can’t coaches be treated the same? In football, the moment a team starts faltering, it’s the manager who is shown the exit door, so why not in cricket too?”Sunil Gavaskar asked,
The suspension could well be a blessing in disguise for SRH: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar feels that the suspension of IPL 2021, following the covid-19 outbreak in four separate franchises, including SRH, who reported the case of Wriddhiman Saha, could be a “blessing in disguise” for the side as it will provide them with some time for self-analysis on and off the field and come back better when the season resumes.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad had a forgettable beginning and would have been relieved that the event had to be suspended…the suspension could well be a blessing in disguise as it allows time for a calm, cool and proper introspection rather than in the hurly-burly of the tournament itself,” the 71-year-old commented.