Victorious captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kane Williamson, stated he was delighted to step in and guarantee a profitable begin to Hyderabad’s marketing campaign within the absence of tainted Australian batsman David Warner.

“David (Warner) is a big participant, an incredible captain. An enormous loss and I do not suppose anybody can exchange him. He has been such a top quality participant on the highest degree and particularly within the IPL in the previous couple of seasons,” Williamson stated after Solar Risers beat Rajasthan Royals in its season opener right here on Monday night time.

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“Effectively, David’s absence was one of many causes we opted for (Wriddhiman) Saha on the high. He’s a improbable participant too. In actual fact, we’re all wanting ahead to protecting the momentum going,” he stated.

Requested whether or not Shikhar Dhawan – who scored a breezy half-century – was instructed to play extra aggressively in absence of Warner, Williamson put it all the way down to the southpaw’s

“The 2 spinners Rashid Khan and Shakib-Al-Hasan, I feel, bowled superbly, selecting wickets which is extra vital for us than merely containing the batsmen,” he felt.

Lack of partnerships

For his half, Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane rued the dearth of excellent partnerships within the middle-overs. “We badly wanted one massive partnership and one of many batsmen to final by way of the innings,” he stated.

“I feel Sunrisers pacers Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Siddharth) Kaul exploited the assistance which the pitch offered. However I need to say we stored dropping essential wickets within the center overs,” he stated.

“Sure, Kaul bowled nicely, hit the size exhausting, blended the slower ones successfully,” he added.

Whereas Rahane admitted that the group will miss Australia batsman Steve Smith’s providers, he emphasised the significance of group effort. “It’s all about how all of us contribute as a group for a profitable trigger,” he stated.



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