The David Warner-led SunRisers Hyderabad has been one of the most consistent teams in IPL history and according to it its spin-bowling spearhead Rashid Khan, the reason behind the teams’ consistency is that they focus on small targets instead of getting overawed with bigger goals.
SunRisers Hyderabad will kickstart their IPL 2021 campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Sunday night.
The ‘Orange Army’ is the only team to make it to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons which includes a titular triumph in 2016 and a finals’ berth in 2018, where they eventually lost to Chennai.
Rashid Khan, in an interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, stated that skipper David Warner and the coaching staff are on the same page when it comes to not letting the thought of a big plan affecting their small goals.
“Actually, as a team, we never set the goals for us as to where we have to finish and all that. We take one game at a time and we try our best to do well in that game. If we have a set big goal, then it can affect our plans and small aspects in a particular game. Whoever we play, we take that game and tell ourselves we have to deliver on the day,” Rashid Khan said.
“That’s the beauty of the team. We have been in the play-offs a lot because we never think about the play-offs or the final. We always think about what we have to do on a particular day and we plan according to the opposition,” he added. ”Last year, we had 3 big games against Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. We had to win against them and we did.” said Khan.
Rashid Khan also added that each one in SunRisers Hyderabad unit is driven to make things easier for others.
“With David Warner, as a bowler, he makes our job easier when he is scoring and contributing. The best thing about this team is everyone tries to make the job easy for the others. That’s what we do in this team,” Rashid Khan added.
”Similarly in the bowling department, If Nattu comes and picks up wickets, it makes my job easier. If Sandeep and Bhuvi pick up wickets, it makes my job easier. Because the batsman is already under pressure when I come into bowl,” he signed off.