Sunrisers Hyderabad after a damp start to their campaign have now won two games in a row and are ready to welcome the Kings XI Punjab franchise to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium on Saturday in the IPL.
The Punjab franchise are currently the bottom placed team with just one victory from 4 games but have a number of games before the end of the season to revive their campaign.
Talking to the media before the clash at Hyderabad, star hitter David Miller of the KIXP spoke to the media and insisted that they needed to stay calm, focused and positive to come out of the slump this season.
“Mood in the camp is very good. We are trying to remain positive at all times, win or lose. We have had one and half days off. Good to be in Hyderabad. The boys are ready,” Miller said in the interview.
The Mohali franchise have managed just one victory in 4 against the Mumbai Indians at home but will have to come out all guns blazing to get anything from the game against the SRH, especially with the results in the last two games for the hosts.
Miller revealed that it was important to start the game in the right frame of mind and that doing the simple things right will go a long way in improving their results tally.
“We have to stay positive and ready for the battle.”
“We are just going to stay mentally strong and make sure that we do our basics right. Keep it simple and no more things,” he added.
The batting order for the KIXP has not been able to provide the scores they need but in the last game, Shaun Marsh at the top of the order showed some signs of coming back to form.
Miller explained that even in a season where they have not been able to perform impressively, they have some positives to take from those games and can help them build around those positives.
He also felt that Marsh was an important player for his side and that his run-scoring form is essential for the Kings.
“There has been few positives. We always take negatives as well. But it is good to see Shaun Marsh back among runs. He has been a very successful run-scorer for us in the past.”
The skipper of the side also spoke about his side’s plans for the game against SRH.
He revealed that it was important for his side to start strongly and said that they want to make the ‘first punch’ at Hyderabad.
“Tomorrow, we are going to start really well be with bat or ball. Making the first punch and like I said, just keeping things very simple and working on the basics,” the skipper said.
Miller has been in a slump this season scoring just 37 runs in four matches but will take heart from a fellow left-hand bat who started the season in the same fashion for Saturday’s hosts.
Dhawan, the SRH opener managed just 14 runs in his first three outings but built up his confidence in the last game against the Lions where he picked up a half century and helped his team home with all 10 wickets in hand.
Do you think Miller can get his confidence back in this game against the SRH?