Veteran Bengal batsman, Manoj Tiwary posted a cryptic tweet regarding the batsmanship and disposition of the Sunrisers Hyderabad batters in their loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. On Wednesday, David Warner’s side failed to chase down 150 runs – the equation which came down to 35 required off 24 balls with 8 wickets in hand.
SRH lost Wriddhiman Saha early in the chase, but David Warner and Manish Pandey staged an 83-run stand to put the side on top; it was Warner who batted with responsibility while Pandey took his time to settle in.
However, the Karnataka batsman couldn’t utilize his start and threw away his wicket in the 17th over to Shahbaz Ahmed getting dismissed for 38 off 39 deliveries. Pandey has received heavy criticism for his strike rate of less than 100 against RCB, especially after he failed to complete another chase in the previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Another batsman, Vijay Shankar is under scrutiny after his 11 off 7 versus KKR, and 3 off 5 on Wednesday. Manoj Tiwary, who last played for India in 2015, lambasts the “overrated” batters in his recent tweet.
Manoj Tiwary gives his “Free advice to the franchise’s owners”
The 35-year-old discarded Indian batsman is utterly unimpressed by some of the players in the Hyderabad-Bangalore game – perhaps with Manish Pandey. Interestingly, Manish Pandey made his ODI debut in the same match versus Zimbabwe in 2015, which proved to be Manoj Tiwary’s last game for India.
The Bengal batsman advised the franchises to buy and pick players not just on their talent, but on their temperament as well. This is an indirect dig from the right-hander to Manish Pandey, who was brought for INR 11 crore by SRH three seasons ago, as he failed to finish the chase in the last couple of games, and couldn’t hit boundaries under pressure.
“Free advice to the franchise’s owners:- Rather than increasing the number of support staffs in the team, start having players who have talent with TEMPERAMENT otherwise most of the times team will end up being second best #SRHvRCB #Overratedplayers #IPL2021” the cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.
While Manish Pandey is almost certain to continue in the line-up, SRH would be desperately hoping for Kane Williamson to regain his complete fitness. Despite having the conundrum of dropping either Jonny Bairstow or Jason Holder, Warner would want the New Zealand skipper in his side to bat on the spin-friendly track in Chennai. They face Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
Free advice to the franchise’s owners:-
Rather than increasing the number of support staffs in the team, start having players who have talent with TEMPERAMENT otherwise most of the times team will end up being second best #SRHvRCB #Overratedplayers #IPL2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) April 14, 2021