To put your bad days behind, you need to begin afresh — an adage Sunrisers Hyderabad followed with much sincerity and later enjoyed the fruits that flowed from revamping the franchise.
The owners probably took it a little too seriously by renaming the team ‘Sunrisers’ to signify a new beginning but SRH did shine through by swatting away clouds of impending danger on most occasions.
10 wins out of 17 and a loss in the Pepsi IPL Eliminator to Rajasthan Royals wasn’t exactly a fairytale run, but skipper Cameron White won’t complain.
“It’s a new franchise, new players coming together, with new off-field support staff (Tom Moody, Waqar Younis, K. Srikkanth, V. V. S. Laxman) as well. It’s been a fantastic and successful campaign. With the new auctions and things coming up, whoever remains here, the nucleus of the players and the coaching staff, they are in a great position to be strong here next year,” said the Australian, who replaced Kumar Sangakkara as captain midway through the campaign.
The batting, however, was a worry throughout as SRH crossed 150 only thrice of the 12 occasions it played 20 overs. White too, partially, admitted the batsmen let the team down this season.
“You can’t underestimate the difficulty in batting on the Hyderabad wicket. This campaign, you saw 130 was a pretty good score most of the time for Hyderabad, it was a winning score a lot of the time. But yes, I agree there were times when the batting had to step up. Tonight (the eliminator) was a good example. We were 15-20 runs short, and we probably needed 150.”