Ranchi: Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, looked in perfect shape as he jogged innumerable laps at the JSCA International Stadium, here, on Friday. But unfortunately the same cannot be said about his team.
On the eve of their crucial CLT20 match, the Sunrisers camp resembles a weary army. They looked jaded during their 12-run defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night. While many were considering it to be an advantage that they played some extra matches courtesy the qualifiers, halfway through the group league stage that boon threatens to be a bane. No doubt they opted to rest on Friday.
Shikhar Dhawan may twirl his moustache for his run-making prowess, but as a captain he is still light years away from being the boss on the field. Against the Super Kings, his decision to expose Thisara Perera’s schoolboy pace in front of Dhoni’s monstrous bat in the slog overs looked amateurish. How the Sunrisers wish that they had the experience of a Kumar Sangakkara, or at least a Cameron White — both captained the side during IPL-VI — to bail them out of straitjacket situations.
If these handicaps weren’t bad enough, consider Darren Sammy’s injury on Thursday night and you will agree that not just the West Indian, the entire team is limping… Struggling to put the ‘right’ foot forward.
Sunrisers’ batting line-up lacks meat and Dhawan and Parthiv Patel are left to shoulder a heavy burden. They can only hope that all-rounders like Sammy can punch a hole or two in the opposition attack to bolster their run-making. But with Sammy rendered an unlikely candidate to feature in playing XI after a nasty yorker-inflicted toe injury, it’s a pretty hopeless situation for the Hyderabad side.