IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad have done well in Bhuvneshwar Kumar's absence, says India pacer Irfan Pathan

Out-of-favour India pacer Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on the bowling attack of Sunrisers Hyderabad saying they have performed well even without their pace spearhead Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

PTI, May 03, 2018 13:53:12 IST

Mumbai: Out-of-favour India pacer Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on the bowling attack of Sunrisers Hyderabad saying they have performed well even without their pace spearhead Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

File image of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Image Courtesy: SportsPicz

File image of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Image Courtesy: SportsPicz

"Sunrisers Hyderabad...the way they have performed without Bhuvaneshwar, who is a big bowler...According to me, in the Indian team, if anyone is at par with (Jasprit) Bumrah in ODI cricket, it is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar," Pathan said when asked which is the strongest attack in this Indian Premier League (IPL).

"And the way they (SRH bowlers) have performed without him in the last 2-3 matches, it is a big thing...," he added.

Pathan was here last night to launch Mashroo's Ramzan range of 'modernised thobes'.

"They have fast bowlers – Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, but no big international name in their pace department...Only Rashid Khan (from Afghanistan) and Shakib (Al Hasan). But the way they have bowled is impressive.

"But with limited resources, the young boys are bowling well in right areas and doing well and so Sunrisers Hyderabad," Pathan explained on why he rated the SRH bowling attack highly.

Bhuvi has been affected by a niggling back injury and has missed the last 2-3 games for the SRH.

Despite his absence, SRH have defended low totals, one against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here and also against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

The 33-year-old former pacer also praised young Mumbai Indians leg-spinners Mayank Markande, who has been the find of the tournament and has clicked since his first game against the Chennai Super Kings.

"One thing for a leg-spinner is to bowl in right areas and he (Markande) is bowling consistently in the right areas. A leg-spinner has variations, but to have the control and to bowl in the (right) areas is not an easy task and this boy has done that," the former pacer, who was part of the inaugural World T20, which had India won, added.

Updated Date: May 03, 2018 13:53:12 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5083 124
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3698 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254