Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Darren Sammy says their bowling coach Waqar Younis had advised them to bowl like they do in Test cricket, when they played Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here.
On a PCA pitch that had a sprinkling of grass on the good length area, Hyderabad defeated Punjab by 30 runs on Saturday to consolidate its position in the table.
“On that wicket you don’t have to do much. With the grass on the good-length, our coach, Waqar Younis asked us to bowl like we do in a Test match — just put the ball on that one spot and let the pitch do the rest,” Sammy said.
Sammy finished with impressive figures of four for 22, as Kings XI could manage only 120 for nine in response to Sunrisers’ 150.
Besides sending back Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, Sammy also got the wicket of David Miller.
“All of them have been dangerous at different times in the tournament but David Miller, especially. Our plan was to bowl a good length to him and let him try to have a go at us.
“Even though he scored a 100 in 38 balls a couple of games back, Saturday he was starting on naught. He made a mistake and we got the result.”
Working with Waqar and Dale Steyn at Sunrisers, Sammy said, was proving quite beneficial to his bowling.
“There’s so much of experience there. The one thing I have picked from them is to be clear.
“Make sure when you’re on the top of your mark, you know what ball you’re going to bowl — if it’s a yorker, slower one, length ball, bouncer, whatever it is.”