Former West Indies T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite feels that the youngsters of Sunrisers Hyderabad have a great opportunity to push their case for retention ahead of the mega auction of IPL 2022.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are having their worst run in the cash-rich league since they started playing in 2013. The Orange Army is languishing at the bottom of the points table, having just won just a couple of games after playing 12 matches in the league stage.
SRH knocked out of IPL 2021
SRH is the only team to be knocked out in the IPL 2021 so far, and it has also led to the consequences of their iconic player David Warner being benched after poor performance both with bat and leadership role.
Warner was replaced as the team’s captain by Kane Williamson in the first phase of the tournament itself, and many experts believe that this would be the last IPL for the Australian with the Orange Army.
It is a big opportunity for young SRH players to make a name for themselves: Carlos Brathwaite
Brathwaite, who was part of SRH in the IPL 2018, believes that young players like Umar Malik can force the team management to retain them in the team in the next mega auction, where a franchise has the capacity to only retain three players.
When Brathwaite was asked about his choice to retain three players, the all-rounder named his compatriot Jason Holder along with Williamson and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
“Impression made by younger players. You have Umran Malik come in and everyone all of a sudden has come wow, where has this guy been, bowling that 140 kmph consistently, and it is a big opportunity for younger players to make a name for themselves and force SRH to use the Right to Match Card for them and look at a bigger role for the franchise,” Brathwaite told ESPNCricinfo.
“Also, Kane Williamson would SRH want him to captain if they do, there is one, then Rashid Khan is a certainty. I certainly want Jason Holder to be a part of the mix as well.
SRH will play their remaining two matches of IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (October 6) and Mumbai Indians (October 8).