Sunrisers Hyderabad looking to build from opening defeat


Sunrisers Hyderabad stars Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan believe the team can build from their opening match loss and mount a serious Indian Premier League challenge.

Williamson hasn’t featured in the opening two matches of the IPL campaign with the Sunrisers opting to fill their overseas player quota with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Holder and Khan.

Sunrisers Hyderabad can bounce back

With each team set to place each other twice, the IPL is more of a marathon than a sprint and teams that peak at the right time have the best shot at success.

Williamson said that while theire was disappointment within the squad after starting with a loss, it wasn’t the end of the world.

“Obviously you want to win every game but it is a tough thing to do in this competition. So I think for us it is important to take some positives from our last match. We have our first five games on this surface, same ground. So we will try and build on it,” said Williamson in a video posted on the Sunriser’s official Twitter account.

The impressive quartet of overseas professional’s will have to be on their toes to keep Williamson out but one man who is unlikely to make way is Afghan leg-spinner Khan.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad Photo by: Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

Khan has been working on his finishing with the bat to ensure that he adds more value in T20s, not that he needed to with his impressive bowling stats. He revealed that the Sunrisers successes have always been built on taking the IPL one game at a time.

“Actually, as a team, we never set the goals for us as to where we have to finish and all that,” Khan told India Today.

“We take one game at a time and we try our best to do well in that game. If we have a set big goal, then it can affect our plans and small aspects in a particular game. Whoever we play, we take that game and tell ourselves we have to deliver on the day.

“That’s the beauty of the team. We have been in the playoffs a lot because we never think about the playoffs or the final. We always think about what we have to do on a particular day and we plan according to the opposition. Last year, we had 3 big games against Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. We had to win against them and we did.”