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Former India batsman and SRH mentor VVS Laxman expressed his pleasure while lauding the effort of SRH top order on a difficult pitch.
“Davey Warner (37) and Jonny Bairstow (63* off 56 balls) paced the reply superbly, and the return of the experienced Kane Williamson (16*) brought calmness and composure,” Laxman wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“It might have looked as if we left it a little late, but we were always in control, going about our task with professional efficiency.”
SRH reached home in 18.4 overs but never lost control over their healthy nine-wicket win. However, Laxman expressed his “disappointment” about the tracks that have been rolled out at the Chepauk.
“I must express disappointment at the nature of the tracks teams have had to encounter in Chennai. Yes, the batsmen must be tested too, it should not be a situation where the ball disappears to and beyond the boundary with monotonous regularity. But the pitches at Chepauk have been so loaded in favour of the bowlers that they are far from ideal for T20 cricket,” Laxman opined in the column.
The SRH mentor said the squad is happy to have just one game left before shifting to their next base in Delhi. But the former right-handed batsman reckoned losing yorker-specialist T Natarajan to injury is nothing less than a body blow for SRH.
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“Our joy at the first points of the season was tempered by the news that T Natarajan won’t be available for the rest of our campaign. Nattu was one of our stars in the UAE last season, and [he] built on that success with inspirational debuts for India in all three formats. He is due to undergo surgery next week to address a troublesome knee, and we wish him the very best,” Laxman wrote.
“Knowing his work ethic and commitment, I am sure it won’t be long before he is back doing what he does best.”
Laxman, however, suggested that injuries are part and parcel of the game, and the team should know how to move on from those setbacks.
“We had formulated several of our strategies around Nattu and will now need to improvise going forward. [But] We aren’t the only ones in this situation. Rajasthan Royals have lost two key men in Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Even before the start of the tournament, several overseas players across teams pulled out at the last minute, throwing plans out of kilter,” Laxman concluded.
The Sunrisers will have to extend their winning momentum as they are positioned No. 7 currently on the points table with just one win from four matches.