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‘Bowlers give us the edge’

Calcutta: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain Shikhar Dhawan is well aware that his team relied a lot on his batting in the IPL VI season. Ready to lead from the front this season too, though the Hyderabad outfit now has other batsmen to share his workload, Dhawan said that the top three batsmen in the squad now are Aaron Finch, David Warner and himself.

Ahead of their match against the Rajasthan Royals, Dhawan said: “We have decided that Finch and I will open the batting. It gives us the advantage of a left-right combination at the top of the order, which can make it difficult for the bowlers to maintain their line and length, especially in the T20 format. Warner will bat at No.3.”

One of the team mentors, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, said that the addition of Finch and Warner has made Sunrisers Hyderabad a complete side.

“It was very important for us to strengthen our top order, which we have done now. We have retained our core group of five players who did well for us last year. We had a winning bowling unit and we have maintained that pack. That is the advantage we have,” Srikkanth said.

Dhawan is excited with the prospect of his pacers getting a green top to bowl on. He said he was particularly excited to see the green Abu Dhabi wicket in the first match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.

“I saw the game on Wednesday. The ball was moving a bit and there was extra bounce. That was a heartening sight, given we have the world’s best fast bowler in Dale Steyn and other quality pacers, like Ishant and Bhuvi (Bhuvneswar Kumar), who can bowl well around him. It will help us for sure.”

On his personal form, Shikhar admitted that he had some technical issues during the ICC World T20. He said that he has learnt from that setback and worked on the weaknesses.

“I worked on quite a few things after the tough World Twenty20. You learn more during the lean patch than you do when everything is going smoothly,” he said.