Former India batsman, Virender Sehwag has demanded Kane Williamson’s inclusion in the playing eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad after the David Warner-led side lost their second match on Wednesday, both while chasing.
They lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs, and to Royal Challengers Bangalore – after requiring 35 runs off 24 balls – by 6 runs. On a difficult batting pitch, assisting the spinners, and bowlers with variations, the SRH batters couldn’t get going in the death overs in both games.
Kane Williamson has missed both the match; Head coach Trevor Bayliss, after the loss to KKR, revealed that the New Zealand skipper is unfit, and still recovering from the injury which ruled him out of the ODI series against Bangladesh.
Nonetheless, they surely missed Kane Williamson’s presence in the middle-order considering his astute game awareness, and prowess of playing spinners.
Using a reference from a Shahrukh Khan movie, Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Kiska hai yeh tumko intezaar, Main hoon Na,” which translates to “Whom you are waiting for, I am here.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 14, 2021
Kane Williamson practised on one of those days so he’s coming along: Trevor Bayliss
The good news for the SRH team and its fans is that the Kiwi skipper is returning to the fitness standards required. They play the Mumbai Indians on Saturday at the same venue, and SRH would desperately want the right-hander to be fit by then.
“Kane Williamson is out having a bit of a run now. He trained on one of the days – we had two days’ practice before this game and he practised on one of those days so he’s coming along,” Bayliss said.
However, the conundrum for David Warner and management would be who would Kane Williamson replace. Warner, the skipper, and Rashid Khan are locked in the eleven. After Jonny Bairstow’s form against India, and his fifty in the first match versus KKR, he has made a strong case to be stuck with.
It was Mohammad Nabi who played in the first match; he was hit on the head by a bouncer, and Jason Holder replaced him as the all-rounder. Both the players did well with the ball in the chances they got. Dropping the all-rounder doesn’t seem plausible considering they both bowled 4 overs each.