Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, David Warner, believes that SRH had benefitted from not being thought of as title contenders by experts and people on social media before the tournament began. Warner feels that his team isn’t hyped like a few others at the start of the IPL 2020 and hence they have flown under the radar.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won a close encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator. The bowlers once again bowled brilliantly to restrict RCB to 131. While chasing, SRH did face some hiccups in the middle-overs. However, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder steadied the ship, and calmly finished the chase in the last over.
So far we have been flying under the radar: David Warner
Ahead of the clash against Delhi Capitals, David Warner told Sports Today that his team is taking small steps towards a bigger goal of winning the trophy. The skipper talked about individual players taking responsibility and executing their roles. Warner also acknowledges that other teams may look better than SRH on paper, but he is focused only on controlling the controllables.
The 2016 IPL winning captain feels that SRH has flown under the radar because people don’t talk about his team before the start of the tournament or about envisaging them winning the IPL. However, Warner is fine with it as it doesn’t put any extra pressure on the players.
Speaking to Sports Today, David Warner said, “We are all in a team and we are here for a reason and that is to win. We take small steps, the big prize is obviously the trophy but you have to take small steps to get there.
“For us it’s about each individual knowing their role, and executing their role to the best of their ability. There are a lot of teams on paper who might look and set up better than what our structure is. But we can only control what we do.
“And so far we have been flying under the radar, it’s funny because no one talks about us at the beginning of the tournament, about making the finals and winning the IPL. For us, there is no pressure.”
The 34-year-old says that the entire group, from the coach to the players, everyone is calm and relaxed and take one game at a time. Warner thanked the owners for trusting him and backing the team. The opener said that the owners have passed their gratitude and humbleness in the team.
“I am always a relaxed kind of person and captain. And even with our coach and players, we are just relaxed people. We are cool, calm and we take each ball as it comes.
“We just go out there and back ourselves and we believe in ourselves. That stems down from the franchise owners, they are very humble, they are a great family and they have the ultimate trust and backing in the team. We thank them for passing down that gratitude and humbleness down to us,” David Warner said.
David Warner has scored 546 runs at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 135 with 4 half-centuries. His team looks complete with the addition of Jason Holder and Kane Williamson. Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Delhi Capitals on Sunday in Qualifier 2 in Abu Dhabi. The winner will meet Mumbai Indians in the final on Tuesday in Dubai.