At the start of this year’s IPL, who would have predicted that SRH would eventually become the top team and the first one to qualify for playoffs, especially after David Warner’s disgraceful exit (who was supposed to lead SRH) which was a great setback for the team and franchise.
What is the winning formula for SRH?
‘Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments’
Kane Williamson: Leader of the Pack
Kane Williamson has made an image of being the anchor around which the other batsmen play. The only foreigner captain of this IPL season is rocking the Indian pitches with his superb batting and game control.
At the time of writing this post, Williamson has scored 543 runs in 12 innings* at an average of 67.9 with 7 half-centuries and sits at second place for the orange cap in IPL 2018. The fact that he has scored 7 fifties in 12 innings is a testament to his consistency, to the fact that whenever Williamson walks in to bat, he has a 60% chance of scoring over 50, which is a stellar record in this format. It In a team not known for its batting prowess, these kinds of performances inspire the team and lifts their morale.
The Kiwi player has also remained ice-cool as a skipper on the field especially while defending low targets which shows his top quality of leadership till now. Speaking about Kane, coach Tom Moody says.” Kane is an astute leader. He has transitioned into his role as the Sunrisers skipper very well. It’s easy to forget that he is quite young as an international cricketer but he has a very wise head on his shoulders. He has displayed the ability to handle pressure”.
Only 4 league matches are left for SRH to play before the IPL playoffs start. If the SRH bowlers continue to outwit the opposition, SRH is going to be the winner this season. However, so far they have not been able to post big totals which can be a weakness that the other teams can take advantage of. But one thing which is very impressive about Sunrisers is their will to fight back and win low scoring matches which sets them apart from other teams and the favorites to seize the title in this season of the IPL.