Calcutta: It was close to midnight when the Sunrisers Hyderabad learnt that they actually stay alive in the competition.
There was, therefore, relief in the Sunrisers’ camp and that came through in co-mentor Krishnamachari Srikkanth’s comments.
Speaking to The Telegraph moments before Friday gave way to Saturday, Srikkanth (a former India captain and chief selector) said: “Sure, there’s relief and we can now focus on winning at the Eden...
“In fact, we need to win big, for the net run rate equation must also be kept in mind. That we’re still in contention for a play-offs berth is, of course, very pleasing.”
But why have the Sunrisers been inconsisent in IPL VII?
“Look, the nature of T20 doesn’t rule out anything... One person can make all the difference, as we saw on Thursday...
“Robin Uthappa took the game away from the Royal Challengers Bangalore and David Warner did it for us against the Chennai Super Kings...
“We’ve played to potential in the last two matches, but I accept we need to win really big against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). We have to play the Sunrisers’ brand of cricket,” Srikkanth replied.
Asked whether Shikhar Dhawan would get back the Sunrisers’ captaincy in IPL VIII, Srikkanth didn’t commit himself: “Right now, we’re looking only at this edition... A call on the way forward won’t be taken at this point in time.”
Darren Sammy got a ‘promotion’ three games ago, as Shikhar hadn’t been firing. The change has helped him, though.
Srikkanth, by the way, termed KKR’s extraordinary run (after four losses on the trot) as “brilliant.”