Keep taking part in your pure recreation: SRH skipper Warner backs younger Indian batsmen


Dubai, September 22

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has backed younger Indian batsmen Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma to “keep playing their natural game” after their disappointing outing towards the Royal Challengers Bangalore right here.

Chasing 164, SRH have been 121 for 2 earlier than Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a collapse along with his twin strike in successive balls.

SRH misplaced the match by 10 runs with their middle-order, comprising primarily of inexperienced Indian gamers, succumbing to stress.

The 19-year-old Garg (12) and 20-year-old Sharma (7) couldn’t seize the chance as the previous was bowled whereas making an attempt to scoop the ball previous the keeper and the latter fell prey to a horrible mix-up with Rashid Khan.

Vijay Shankar couldn’t even open his account.

Warner although mentioned he had religion in younger Indian batsmen.

“We wouldn’t have put them (young Indian pair) in the middle over if we didn’t think they are not good enough,” Warner mentioned within the post-match press convention.

“Anyone who wants to criticise the middle order batting, it is something I haven’t seen before — three bizarre dismissals. I encourage them to keep playing their way and not think too much about the scenario or situation out there.”

“We rely on our senior players to guide these guys out there in the middle, my message to the youngsters was to play their natural game, that’s the only way one can learn. It can be difficult at times, it is a pressure environment, it’s got to keep it calm and simple for them.”

Earlier, Warner was unfortunate to be run-out for six when Umesh Yadav managed to get his finger on the ball in his follow-through and it hit the stumps with the SRH skipper in need of the crease.

Warner mentioned the autumn of wickets modified the momentum of the sport.

“It is difficult to play cross-batted shots in the middle overs, you have to play as straight as you can. You have to make the pace. The ball is going up and down but I felt once two batsman gets in it is difficult to try to contain. Obviously, wickets changed the momentum. It was disappointing to not have two batters or one batter in the end,” Warner added.

Asked in regards to the absence of Kane Williamson and Mohammed Nabi, Warner mentioned: “Kane Williamson is not fit, he hurt himself during training the other day and Mohammed Nabi, we thought playing two spinners here given the thought process that we wanted to chase, probably wasn’t an option.”

Talking in regards to the fielding errors, Warner mentioned: “It is very different here, playing with high riser light towers and obviously round circle towers, so if the ball goes too high it can be distracting.”

“For Dale Steyn, the ball tailed away from him, it was a very hard ball, at the best of time some people aren’t getting there. I think Aaron Finch will be disappointed to drop that absolute sitter (laughs),” he added.

RCB batsman Finch heaped reward on younger debutant Devdutt Padikkal, who scored a 42-ball 56 on the high.

“Brilliant young player, he (Padikkal) has shown it over the last couple of years in domestic cricket, U-19 cricket, how talented he is and how destructive he could be at the top of the order. I loved opening with him. He is such an exciting young player. My advice is to play your natural game and if you are feeling it against the particular bowler keep going. Play nice and smart, and then my role changes a little bit,” Warner mentioned.

Asked if the group was frightened when Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow was going robust, Finch mentioned: “We knew that if we can open one end and get a new batter in, guys who come in in the middle order, it is not easy to get away to a flyer with the slowness of the wicket, we knew we had to hang in there.”

“Yuzi (Chahal) was exceptional with the ball. I think he showed his class and experience tonight. He is very experienced in international cricket where you are playing in a lot of conditions with heavy dew as well. He is an ultimate professional and he got the job done under pressure which was outstanding,” he added. PTI



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