Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]

Piyush Chawla believes SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) shouldn’t look ahead of senior fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar while picking a captaincy replacement for Kane Williamson for Sundays dead-rubber IPL 2022 match against Punjab Kings (PBKS).  In 13 games, the Kiwi and SRH skipper has scored 216 runs at a modest average of 19.64 and a very poor strike rate of 93.51.

Kane Williamson flew back to New Zealand for the impending birth of his second child on Wednesday. At the time, it wasn’t confirmed whether or not the SunRisers Hyderabad would make it to the playoffs. But a couple of games later, the Orange Army found themselves two points behind the top-four contestants and were eliminated.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Piyush Chawla Thinks Bhuvneshwar Kumar Should Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad In Kane Williamson’s Absence

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nicholas Pooran, who was recently handed West Indies’ white-ball captaincy, and Aiden Markram are also possible options. But Piyush Chawla feels the pacer, with his current form, leadership experience, and familiarity with the team, is the best interim replacement for Kane Williamson. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked 12 scalps from 13 IPL 2022 games averaging 30.08 at an economy rate of 7.2.

“If you talk about experience, I think they can go back to Bhuvneshwar Kumar because he’s an international player, has been a part of that team for a long time, the way he’s bowling, he knows the bowling unit and knows the team environment. I don’t think there’s a better option than Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla (Image Credit: Twitter)

So far, veteran SRH pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has stood in as captain in six matches in the IPL, winning two and losing the other four. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s absence will also pave the way for New Zealand’s hard-hitting all-rounder Glenn Phillips to enter the playing XI.

Piyush Chawla talked about Kane Williamson shunting to No. 6 in the batting order in the last match, adding that the SunRisers Hyderabad shouldn’t touch the stable-looking top order in the skippers’ absence and instead play Glenn Phillips in the middle order.

Piyush Chawla explained: “Even if Phillips comes in for Kane Williamson, he should bat in the middle order only because of how well Priyam Garg batted in the last match. We were saying for a long time that Kane Williamson is better suited for the middle-order. He didn’t get to play a lot of balls in the last match but the impact on the batting order was tangible.”

The 25-year-old right-handed batter Glenn Phillips boasts a strike rate of 140.21 from 35 T20Is for the Kiwis. He already has two fifties and a century to his name.

Piyush Chawla Reckons Express Pace Sensation Umran Malik Would Want To Finish IPL 2022 On A High In SRH’s Last Game

The season is coming to an end but the buzz around young pace sensation Umran Malik is not going to settle anytime soon. The 22-year-old has picked up as many as 21 wickets in 13 matches so far but there are still doubts about his ability to manage the express pace.

This is rooted in a handful of games where the pacer has been quite expensive without taking wickets. Piyush Chawla admitted that pace is a double-edged sword, saying that he’ll need to find a balance similar to his spell of 3/23 against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and finish this season on a high.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

He concluded by saying: “The way he has bowled in this tournament, he was leaking a lot of runs, then he picked some wickets, then he was costly again. So when there’s such a big tournament, you expect that you won’t have 14 good matches, some will go bad too. The kind of bowler he is, he gives so much pace to the batters to use that when he goes for runs, it’s plenty of runs and when he takes wickets, it’s plenty of wickets. But this is the last match, he’ll want to finish on a high, bowl somewhat as he did in the previous game, and do something good for his team.”

The Jammu & Kashmir pacer has so far snapped 21 wickets in 13 matches averaging 20 and an economy rate of 8.94 including a five-wicket haul (5/25). The SRH-PBKS match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, starting at 7:30 pm IST.