Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Trevor Bayliss said on Sunday that dropping David Warner from the playing XI was a “difficult move,” but that the management was pressured to carry out a new mix in order to stop the team’s slide in the ongoing IPL. A day after being deprived of his captaincy, Warner was dismissed from the playing XI. SRH only won one of their six games when he was in charge. Since the Australian hasn’t been in the best of form, Kane Williamson has been handed the captaincy.
“It was very challenging (to drop Warner from playing XI). He’s a guy who’s had a lot of success with the team, but that’s the direction we wanted to go, to see if we could find a new mix that would work for us “After his team’s 55-run loss to Rajasthan Royals in Delhi, Bayliss said at the post-match meeting.
“He (Warner) was disappointed, as is any player who is discarded. If you watched him tonight, he was running around as the team’s 12th man, doing all he could for them. He’s been excellent, speaking with Kane and some of the other players and offering suggestions “Bayliss continued.
While the lack of a batsman of Warner’s size would be “challenging,” the World Cup-winning coach believes the squad will be fine under the captaincy of Kane Williamson, who has previously led the side.
“Without David as a player, even with a new captain, it’s going to be difficult. I don’t believe there would be so many issues because Kane has been captain of the team for the past two to three years and is a seasoned New Zealand captain. We just didn’t play so well tonight, and one player in particular performed exceptionally well.”
Bayliss said Rashid Khan was taken into attack during the powerplay in order to get rid of the volatile Jos Buttler early.
“We figured we’d bowl Rashid early to try to get Jos Buttler out before he got moving because he’s our best bowler and has a good record against him in the past. Clearly, this is a very smooth wicket. And Kane made the decision to keep going in the hopes of rescuing him. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out tonight, but that’s how games go sometimes “he mentioned
In the meantime, Jos Buttler, who scored his first T20 century, was overjoyed with his success.
“It’s surely up there, and it’s my first hundred in T20 cricket, so I’m overjoyed. I wouldn’t say I was at my most articulate all of the time, but there were moments when I feel better at the crease.”
“I haven’t felt at home in the crease for a while now, and I’ve been looking for something, but what’s been helpful is maintaining the mentality that every day is a new chance. It felt good to get back to my best today by spending more time in the middle.”
“Today, I felt like the pitch was on the slower side as the bounce is generally in Delhi and there wasn’t much pace in the wicket, so the scoop shots and shots behind the wicket didn’t feel as valuable as trying to target the straighter boundaries and back my hitting like that,” Buttler said when asked why he went for more conventional shots.
The Englishman praised the bowling unit for putting up a “clinical” effort in defending 220 runs.
“Kartik Tyagi was a welcome addition to the lineup today. He’s a very entertaining bowler, in my opinion. He bowls with a lot of pace and spent a lot of time with India on their trip to Australia, and I’m sure he learned a lot from that experience.”
“All of the boys bowled exceptionally well, with Mustafizur (Rahaman) standing out. That was a difficult score to defend, but they did so with aplomb.”