A winning side conceals its chunks in the armour better than any other side. It tends to live with its set of glitches as long as it keeps winning. Problems are either not addressed or they remain surprisingly unresolved.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, the form of their foreign players – leaving aside David Warner and Mustafizur rahman– has been a long-time concern, one which they haven’t been able to come to terms with even after 12 outings.
SRH have all but qualified to the playoffs after their fine chase that saw them topple Punjab, a match in which it seems to have found an answer in Ben Cutting.
In a tense chase, Cutting hit a couple of lusty blows to swing the match in favour of SRH. This in the last 12 matches is arguably the highest impact its 3rd and 4th foreign player combined, could produce!
So far neither Morgan nor Williamson has managed to live up to his billing even after being presented with several opportunities.
Morgan, who was preferred in the initial phase, could only manage 109 runs, with a strike rate of 114. England skipper eventually made way for Kiwi skipper, but things didn’t change much.
Williamson’s 117 runs in 5 matches have come at an alarmingly low strike rate of 103. He has been majorly playing the supporting role but his inability to kick on has been his undoing. With opener’s slot unavailable, he hasn’t added much value at No 3.
SRH has persisted with Moises Henriques for his all-round abilities and that despite having Ben Cutting on the bench — a player with more or less with similar abilities.
Despite enjoying the captain’s confidence, Henriques has struggled in both the areas. Though he is known for his big hitting, his run with the bat has yielded very little. His 107 runs have come at a very poor strike rate of 103.
Even with the ball, he has only been just as decent without particularly producing any match-winning spells. He has 10 wickets to show to his name at an economy of 7.66.This all-round performance by a foreign player is very disappointing and it is indeed a surprise that Cutting wasn’t tested earlier (even against Punjab he didn’t replace the Henriques though!).
Despite carrying two foreign players, who have virtually not produced a single match-winning performance, SRH have been able to reach 16 points. This has mainly due to the performance of its other two marquee players.
Both Warner and Mustafizur, have performed out of their skins to lead the way in batting and bowling respectively.
If Warner has lead by example and scored runs (567) with an amazing consistency at a more than impressive strike rate of 155, Mustafizur has shouldered the bowling responsibility with 14 wickets at an economy of a very meagre 6.6. These figures are the reflection of their impact on SRH’s victories.
Whenever Warner has failed SRH has struggled, though off late Dhawan’s form has been an encouraging sign. Mustafizur – ably supported by Bhuvneshwar and Nehra – has hardly failed in this IPL, and his bowling has done wonders to SRH.
SRH may well have qualified despite having a couple of alarming short comings, but they need their failing foreign players to step up for, a bad day in the office for either Warner or Mustafizur could possibly bring its promising campaign to a sudden standstill.