Sunrisers Hyderabad coach VVS Laxman has affirmed the motivation behind why group’s star left-arm pacer T Natarajan didn’t play in Saturday’s match against Mumbai Indians.
In the post-match public interview after SRH’s 13-run misfortune versus MI, VVS Laxman said that Natarajan was unsuitable to play versus the reigning champs.
“Yeah, unfortunately, Natarajan missed out because of a sore knee and a niggle in his left knee, he was ruled out of this match. So, he was unfit for this match and that’s why we went with Khaleel Ahmed. We are going to assess the condition of Natarajan and I’m sure that the medical staff of Sunrisers will take the right decision which will be beneficial for him and the franchise,” said by VVX Laxman.
SRH group chief on Saturday had said that Natarajan was refreshed and not dropped. The shortfall of Natarajan in the SRH line-up had confounded fans and cricket savants.
“Not dropped, rested – managing his workload, we know it’s a long tournament and he’s had quite a lot of cricket already under his belt,” told by Tom Moody to the commentators of Star Sports.
“I was very impressed with the way Khaleel Ahmed bowled in his first game of the season. I think he assessed the conditions really well and used a lot of his variation along with extracting a lot of pace and bounce off the surface. So, a lot of positives for SRH in the Khaleel Ahmed bowled,” added by VVX Laxman.
With three consecutive losses Sunrisers Hyderabad are on the bottom of the points table. They are missing the services of Kane Williamson in the middle order and his presence is must for them from now otherwise they would get in trouble to reach for the playoffs.
The next match of Sunrisers Hyderabad will be against Punjab Kings on 21st April at Chennai.