Wasim Jaffer, former India cricketer has urged the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to play better tactically and plan well ahead of their upcoming IPL 2022 encounter against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), to be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on April 4.
Jaffer felt that the Kane Williamson-led SRH side made a number of tactical errors during their opening game of the IPL 2022 season against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), which they lost by 61 runs after being asked to chase 211 runs.
Many believe SRH had a poor IPL 2022 mega auction as they made some dubious buys. However, Jaffer is of the belief that skipper Kane Williamson will need to work with whatever he has to exploit his team’s potential.
“Sunrisers will need to play better cricket. You can’t change whatever happened at the auction, but now whichever players are there, Kane Williamson needs to get better performances out of them. They were tactically poor (against Rajasthan), sent Pooran ahead of Markram, didn’t bowl Washington much. So I think they will need to play better tactically,” Jaffer said on ESPNCricinfo.
SRH had an extremely poor IPL 2021 where they finished at the bottom of the points table with just three wins to their name.
It Is Important For Him To Play 10-15 Balls: Wasim Jaffer Advises SRH’s Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran was bought by the SRH for a whopping ₹10.75 crores at the IPL 2022 mega auction given his ability as a power-hitter and a genuine match-winner. However, he scored a duck against RR and Jaffer shared a piece of advice for the Caribbean hitter.
Jaffer wants Pooran to take some time to get set in before going for shots, given that he can smash them high and long.
“He is a huge part of that team. If Sunrisers want to win games and progress in the tournament, then along with him, even players like Williamson, Markram and Tripathi will need to perform well. Whenever the ball is swinging, Pooran can spend a bit of time and wait for the powerplay to end as he has the ability to hit sixes and increase the run rate whenever he wants. So it is important for him to play 10-15 balls and get accustomed to the wicket. So he is a quality player, but until the performances don’t come, question marks will be always there,” Jaffer said.
SRH are rock bottom in the points table and will need an inspirational performance to beat the mighty Lucknow Super Giants.