The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been slow-starters in IPL 2020. After losing their first two matches, and spending some time at the bottom of the points table, they finally won their game against the Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The key issue for them has been their batting, and particularly the middle-order.
With skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow at the top, the SRH have two quality batsman to begin well, but their middle-order has looked very shaky in their three games so far.
But mentor VVS Laxman believes that it is just a matter of the young batsmen in the middle-order not getting enough match time.
“I know there’s too much talk about the middle order. But to be fair, none of the middle-order batsmen got an opportunity in the last two games [against the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders]. That’s a talking point as far as the Sunrisers’ franchise is concerned, but deep down, we all have a lot of confidence in the youngsters we have taken.”
‘We have quality players for the middle-order’
With three youngsters in Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad in the middle-order, Laxman believes that they have the quality to do well.
“Every franchise will have youngsters in their batting line up; it is just about allowing the youngsters to settle down in the side. As I said, at the moment we’ve got three youngsters who are playing in the middle order: Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad – and they are quality players,” the former India batsman added.
However, he was excited with the addition of Kane Williamson in his squad, and believed that that should sort out most of the problem. Williamson had missed the first two matches for SRH with an injury.
“With the addition of Kane Williamson, who’s recovered from his injury [and is] batting at No. 4 – we saw what he did in the previous game – I believe that we’ve got a strong batting line up and we know their potential and that they can win matches.”