IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowling attack strongest in current edition, according to James Faulkner

James Faulkner feels Sunrisers Hyderabad have the strongest bowling attack in the IPL with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan in their ranks.

PTI, Apr 18, 2018 19:16:27 IST

Mumbai: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner feels Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have the strongest bowling attack in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the likes of in-form pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and leg-spinner Rashid Khan in their ranks.

"I think the strongest one (in term of bowling attack) has to be Sunrisers (Hyderabad). Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in great form for a couple of IPLs, (so) that will be my number one," the 27-year-old Faulkner said.

during match four of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals Bangalore held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on the 9th April 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowling attack. Sportzpics

"And the wrist spinner, who is the best in the World in T20s?" he said, referring to Khan, the Afghanistan leg-spinner who has grabbed two wickets from three games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this edition of the cash-rich event.

Sunrisers also have bowlers like Siddarth Kaul, while Deepak Hooda and Mohammad Nabi act as part-time bowlers for the IPL franchise.

Faulkner rated Mumbai Indian's (MI) bowling attack as the "second best" in the tournament, saying they have two good death bowlers.

"Mumbai have got two good death bowlers (Jasprit Bumrah and Mustifizur Rahman), they are probably the two (best)," he opined.

While the Sunrisers bowlers have performed to their potential, MI pacers and spinners struggled in their initial matches, which they lost, before dishing out a clinical performance on Tuesday when they defeated Royal Challengers Banglore.

Faulkner, an expert with ESPN Cricinfo, also backed India and Mumbai Indians pacer Bumrah, saying one needs to understand that he bowls in the "hardest" overs.

"It is very unfair to say he (Bumrah) is out of form. When you start your career, people tend to look at you a bit more.

"He bowls the hardest overs, he bowls the death overs, in the Indian team as well. Any day where he goes under 40 runs, he has a good day.

"The media has been harsh on him, they (have) to understand he is bowling the hardest overs," said the Australian, who picked 36 wickets in 24 T20 games.

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2018 19:16:27 IST

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Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0

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 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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