IPL 2021: 3 changes Sunrisers Hyderabad should make to turn their fortunes
SRH will play the next match against PBKS on Saturday (25 September).
Updated - Sep 23, 2021 5:36 pm
Nothing seems to be going right for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Even a break from the game didn’t help their cause as they lost their first match of the resumption of the UAE leg against Delhi Capitals by eight wickets. The same old problems came back to haunt them – collective batting failure.
The absence of Jonny Bairstow at the top was felt as David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha failed to get going in the powerplay. The duo’s early dismissal brought skipper Kane Williamson early, and he had to consolidate rather than going for big shots early. This has been the frustrating story of SRH so far that has led them to being placed last on the points table. With the loss against DC, SRH have now lost seven of their eight matches.
Although they are not officially ruled out, the probability of them making the playoffs look bleak at the moment. But few changes in the personnel might help them reverse their fortunes. For starters, they can think of dropping either Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav. Both play a similar brand of cricket, wherein they start slow and at times fail to accelerate in the later stages. With their next match scheduled to take place on Sunday (26 September), the franchise can possibly lookout for other options.
Here are few players SRH might consider including in the team for the next match:
1. Jason Roy in place of David Warner
Australia opener David Warner has not been in his usual elements in this season of IPL. Stripped of captaincy and dropped from a match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the India leg of IPL, Warner has seen it all. While many speculated a break from the game would have done his confidence a world of good, that was not to be as pacer Anrich Nortje sent him for a duck in the last game.
With still six games to go, SRH might think of replacing him with Jason Roy at the top. The England opener comes with a reputation of giving the ball a real whack and is known to take the attack to the opposition. So, SRH could think of bringing in Roy for few games. The hard-hitting England opener is yet to play a game during this season’s IPL.
Overall, he has played eight games and has scored 179 runs at a strike rate of 133.58. Also, he would look to be aggressive at the top just as his fellow English player Bairstow.