|Yusuf Pathan in a punishing mood at the Eden, on Saturday. A Telegraph picture
Calcutta: “You cannot give a player like Yusuf (Pathan) two chances… We all know how dangerous a player he is” — Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody summed up their defeat appropriately at the post-match media conference, on Saturday.
Yusuf was dropped on 0 and 15 and he went on to make 72 runs off 22 balls to help the Kolkata Knight Riders win the match comfortably and finish second in the points table.
“When Yusuf connects, even a big ground like the Eden can seem small,” Moody explained.
Sunrisers’ captain Darren Sammy wished he could hit the ball like Yusuf. “I wish I could hit some like that. It was a phenomenal innings…All credit to Yusuf,” Sammy said.
Moody was of the view that the Sunrisers’ total of 160 for seven was good enough to win the match. “We had a competitive total… However, in such a game, you need to perform in all departments if you want to win.
“Today the bowling, and particularly the fielding, let us down. Simply put, we couldn’t execute our plans,” Moody said.
Sammy, too, agreed that they didn’t field well. “We were found wanting on the field… We dropped a few crucial catches, two of them were of Yusuf… He made us pay dearly for it,” the captain said.
Sammy wasn’t happy with the Sunrisers’ batting effort as well. “We had to bat better today knowing the situation we were in… But we lost momentum after the first six overs. We haven’t been good enough for consistent periods this season. Hopefully, we will come back stronger next time around,” Sammy said.
Moody too believed that lack of consistency was the Sunriers’ main problem.
Asked if the change in captaincy of the team affected their performance, Moody said: “It was done from the team’s perspective. I don’t think it affected the team’s performance. Sammy is an experienced campaigner… We wanted Shikhar to play freely. “That’s why he changed the captain.
“Some of our top players didn’t perform consistently and that hurt us,” Moody said.