Sandeep Sharma has been a key member in the pace bowling arsenal of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has been impressed with the pacer’s consistency in IPL 2020.
SRH beat defending champions, and first qualifiers Mumbai Indians (MI) by 10 wickets on Tuesday and qualified for the playoffs and the side finished third in the points table with 14 points.
Sandeep Sharma Is Underrated And Covered Loss Of Bhuvneshwar Kumar -Brad Hogg
Sandeep Sharma dismantled Mumbai’s top order dismissing both openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock as Mumbai managed only 149/8 as SRH chased down the target in only 18 overs without losing a wicket.
Earlier in October, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a hip injury.
Sandeep Sharma from #SRH standing up yet again, underrated player. He showed that he deserves higher honours stepping up and covering the loss of Bhuvi. His consistency was the most impressive thing for me in this IPL.#IPL2020 #loveanunderdog https://t.co/ELGkYJT4DS
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 4, 2020
Brad Hogg feels Sandeep Sharma has covered the loss more than enough for SRH after Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered an injury and said the former is an underrated player but deserves credit for accuracy. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three wickets in four matches averaging 33 before suffering an injury.
His loss came as a big blow to SunRisers Hyderabad as he had picked 136 wickets in 121 matches averaging 23.91. But other pacers in the squad like Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Siddharth Kaul and Basil Thampi made up for the loss. The form of Jason Holder who came as a replacement and picked 10 wickets in only five matches averaging 15.8 could not have come at a better time.
Sandeep Sharma Helps SunRisers Hyderabad To Face Bangalore In Eliminator
Sandeep Sharma has picked 13 wickets in 11 IPL matches averaging 24.85 while overall in 90 IPL matches. He picked 108 wickets averaging 24.03 with best figures of 4/20.
Mumbai Indians will now play Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals, and the winner of that match will progress to the finals. On the other hand, SRH will face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the eliminator and the winner of that match will play Qualifier 2 against losers of Qualifier 1.