IPL 2019: David Warner Or Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Tom Moody Reveals SRH’s Captain In Kane Williamson’s Absence
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are yet to decide on their final playing eleven for their season-opener against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday (March 24). Their skipper Kane Williamson is yet to be given the green light to play the opener as he recovers from the shoulder injury he had sustained during the second Test against Bangladesh earlier this month. Williamson along with his compatriot Martin Guptill had joined the Sunrisers camp on March 22 after attending New Zealand Cricket’s yearly award show and is unlikely to play in the opener.
Head coach Tom Moody, on Saturday, confirmed that Williamson will be assessed again before the team takes a final call on his availability. Moody also confirmed that in case Williamson misses out, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and not David Warner will lead the team.
“He (Kane Williamson) arrived with Martin Guptill late yesterday night. They had to attend an awards function with New Zealand cricket. We are assessing Kane today and tomorrow,” Moody told reporters.
“It’s not a long term injury. Whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow. We have got quite a few days before our next home game. If he’s not available, I don’t see any issues from second game onwards. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is our vice-captain,” Moody added.
Missing Williamson will be a big blow for the Sunrisers. The New Zealand star was their stand-out performer last season, leading the team with utmost aplomb. He was handed the captaincy at the last minute after David Warner was barred from IPL in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal and Williamson lived up to the expectations.
He scored more than 700 runs to finish the tournament as the highest run-scorer and led the team to the final.
Moody further said that Warner might not be the captain but continues to be a leader of the team.
“Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign,” Moody said.
“Davey still has a leadership role within the group. In the middle with the bat in hand and around training and out in the middle when it comes to strategising,” he added.
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