SunRisers Hyderabad seamer Sandeep Sharma has filled the gaping hole left by Bhuvneshwar Kumar exceedingly well in IPL 2020. Sandeep Sharma gave the SunRisers Hyderabad a dream start in the clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah as he claimed two crucial wickets to hand a setback to the opposition. Following winning the man of the match award, the Punjab-born is looking forward to the next game.
Sandeep Sharma began with setting Devdutt Padikkal cleverly with three outswingers on the bounce. An inswinger subsequently rattled Padikkal’s stumps as the right-arm bowler had opened the floodgates for the Orange Army. In his third over of the innings, Sharma made Virat Kohli hole out to short cover where Kane Williamson held on to the catch. The game was set up right there.
The 29-year old went slightly expensive in his final over, finishing with figures of 4-0-20-2, being the pick of the bowlers. Despite losing David Warner in the second over of the innings, Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey steered the SunRisers well towards the target. Yuzvendra Chahal pegged back the SunRisers with a couple; however, Jason Holder finished things off with three sixes in his 10-ball 26 to chase 121 with five wickets to spare.
“My plan was to bowl wicket to wicket, and swing the ball” : Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma highlighted that the wicket was sticky when he started bowling and planned to target the stumps while swinging the ball. The Punjab-born credited Jonny Bairstow, who has helped him add more variations to his repertoire. On dismissing Kohli, Sharma remarked that it is an honour to have his wicket and is delighted to find the momentum at the correct stage of the tournament.
“When I started bowling, the wicket was sticky. My plan was to bowl wicket to wicket, and swing the ball. It was swinging nicely as it has got cooler over here. I have been bowling knuckle balls and getting big help from Jonny Bairstow, who is helping me add deliveries and how I can go about my business. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen this sport has seen. To get him out is always sepcial. We are now finding our momentum. We are excited about the next game,” Sharma told in the post-match presentation.