The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) mentor VVS Laxman maintained they’ll return stronger owing to a mixed show in the IPL 2019.
Following a two-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the thrilling eliminator, Laxman has termed it as a summary of their show during the ongoing edition of the IPL.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad’s defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals, and subsequent elimination from IPL 2019, was symbolic of our entire campaign,” Laxman wrote in his column for the ToI.
Earlier, SRH has qualified based on a better net run-rate against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). All three teams were managed to bag 12 points while winning six of their 14 games each.
Earlier, on Wednesday (May 8) Shreyas Iyer led side won the toss and asked SRH to bat first.
The Kane Williamson-led side managed to post 162 for right on the board before Capitals huffed and puffed, at last, to overhaul the target on 19.5 overs when Keemo Paul hit the winning runs on the bowling of left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed.
Vows for a stronger return:
The former Indian Tests specialist Laxman reiterated that SRH was not at their best as a unit. He added there had been lessons to learn from.
He further stated they will certainly make a comeback while meeting the expectations of their die-hard fans.
“We weren’t necessarily at our best, but we kept scrapping and battling and, in the end, we fell just short. There are learnings from this campaign that we will take on board, and come better prepared to try and fulfil the expectations of our fans.” Laxman further wrote.
Middle-order muddle cost the SRH:
In the eliminator at the Vizag, the 44-year-old Laxman felt his side was at least ten runs short which could have done a bit. He conceded the team has failed to maintain the run-rate in check in the middle overs. Subsequently, it has hurt the cause of Hyderabad.
“We have excellent players of spin, so it was more a case of approach than skills that let us down. We found momentum towards the end to post a competitive total. But like in previous games where a very tepid middle was sandwiched between a blazing start and a good finish. I felt we were about 10-15 runs short,” Laxman stated.
Pant has played a blinder when he took away the game from Hyderabad. The southpaw blasted 21-ball 49 before failing to finish the game in style.
Laxman feels Pant will be thoroughly disappointed for failing to finish the game on his own.
“I was impressed with the fearlessness with which he (Shaw) struck the ball despite being dropped. Which is another of the ills that plagued our run throughout the season. Pant is clearly the future of Indian cricket. And it pleased me no end to witness the maturity he showed. Though he will be disappointed that he wasn’t around to finish off the job,” he inferred.
Meanwhile, Capitals will take on the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier second on May 10 at Vizag.