IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad can’t only rely on Warner-Dhawan firepower

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad had a shaky start to their campaign in season nine of the Indian Premier League but have done well to claw back with some wins in the bag. With the league entering the business end, Sunrisers now cannot afford to make any mistakes. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table) Their over-reliance on David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan is palpable but it would be wrong to say that other batsmen are not performing. Yes, both these players are go-to men for the Sunrisers. (Also read: Yuvraj Singh likely to debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad today) Dhawan had faced a serious slump in form, starting from the World Twenty20 and it continued for the first three IPL games until the ball started finding the middle of his bat again. Dhawan was struggling with his feet movement, resulting in his early dismissals but the left-handed batsman got his technique sorted out pretty quickly. (Team in right frame of mind, says SRH skipper David Warner)The Indian opener has always taken time to settle down and quick enough to doing the catching up by playing couple of crucial knocks. Dhawan has already scored two half-centuries in this edition at an average of 36.20 and gunning for more. (Also read: Power-packed Sunrisers Hyderabad take on struggling Gujarat Lions)On the other hand, his opening partner Warner is in red-hot form and taken this edition by storm with five fifties, also among the leading run-scorers  with 386 runs at an average of 77.20.Sunrisers have done well when both these batsmen have clicked by putting up big partnerships and it has remained the same from the last two seasons. But the team needs to look beyond these two and challenge other players to be the match-winners.advertisementHowever, Dhawan is not too worried about the lack of runs in the middle order. ” Sunrisers are having a very good time this season. We are like a family, we enjoy each other’s company. Now that we’re winning, it’s the cherry on top of the cake. We have got a very good balanced side. Good rhythm in the side,” he told India Today.But Sunrisers boast of other top-class overseas players in Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques and Eoin Morgan, making up a decent mix with Indian domestic players like Naman Ojha, Deepak Hooda, Karn Sharma and Ashis Reddy. However, they are yet to showcase their full potential.Morgan has only scored only 109 runs from six matches at an average of 27.25. Similarly, Henriques’ figures are not flattering either – after playing seven matches this season, he has scored only 82 runs at an average of 20.50. The young Indian batsmen in the Sunrisers’ middle order are also having a torrid time with the bat. Hooda after seven matches has scored 37 runs at an average of 7.40, while Ojha from his seven matches has got only 58 runs at an average of 14.50 and Reddy scoring 47 runs from four matches at an average of 23.50.  Williamson, having played only one match this season has done well by slamming a 38-ball fifty. Morgan and Henriques have also chipped in with decent cameos in the middle order but more is expected in scenarios when both Dhawan and Warner fail.The Indian recruits – Ojha, Hooda and Reddy having had decent enough exposure at the IPL and need to take the onus and start contributing for the team’s cause. Dhawan and Warner being in top-form augurs well for the Sunrisers and got all chances of turning deadly once others start firing.last_img read more