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IPL 2021: Williamson says conversation not over on SRH's leadership role; dropping Warner a difficult decision, says Bayliss

  • Press Trust of India
  • May 2nd, 2021
  • 21:42:44 IST

New Delhi: Newly-appointed Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson believes that conversations on his predecessor David Warner's future in the playing XI is still on as the Australian is a world class player.

Warner was stripped of SRH captaincy on Saturday after the team lost five out of its first six matches and Williamson's elevation to the post hasn't changed the fortunes as it sufferer a 55-run defeat in the hands of Rajasthan Royals.

"There are number of leaders in the group. It's important we stay tight. And for us it is about building as a side and make adjustments," Williamson looked a bit uncomfortable on Warner question during the post-match presentation.

The skipper said that the team needs to be clear about strategies and execution.

"Rather than over-search for the win, we just have to be clear about how we need to operate. Warner is a world class player and we have our cards on the table. I am sure there are a number of conversations to be had," Williamson at best was evasive.

On the match front, he admitted that once Royals posted 220 for 3 the chase was anyways going to be difficult.

"A tough day. A very competitive total from RR. It was Jos' day and he was outstanding. With the bat you do need to get a few things to go your way and when you're losing wickets it makes it all the more harder to chase 220.

David Warner and Kane Williamson. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

David Warner and Kane Williamson. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

"We have had a lot of challenges over the last three weeks, but we need to make small adjustments and put in improved performances. Jos and Sanju were key, so we wanted Rashid to bowl as many deliveries as possible against them."

Buttler and Samson had stitched a match-winning 150-run stand.

Very difficult decision to drop Warner from playing XI: Bayliss

Head coach Trevor Bayliss on Sunday said it was a "difficult decision" to drop David Warner from the playing XI but the management was forced to try out a different combination in bid to arrest the team's slide in the ongoing IPL.

Warner was dropped from the playing XI, a day after being stripped of captaincy. Under him, SRH manged to win one out their six games. The Australian himself hasn't been in greatest of form which led to Kane Williamson being handed the reins.

"It was very difficult (to drop Warner from playing XI). He's a guy whose had so much success for the team but that's the way we wanted to go, try and get a different combination working for us," Bayliss said at the post-match conference after his side's 55-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals here.

"Like any player who gets dropped, he (Warner) was disappointed. If you saw tonight, he was running around as 12th man doing as much as he could for the team. He has been good, talking with Kane and some of the other players, giving them advice," Bayliss added.

The World Cup-winning coach said that although it will be "challenging" without a bastsman of Warner's stature, he doesn't foresee that team having any problem under the captaincy of Kane Williamson, who has led the side before.

"Very challenging without David as a player, a new captain. I don't think there's be too much of problem as Kane has been captain of the team before in the last 2 or 3 years, he's an experienced captain captaining New Zealand. We just didn't play very well tonight and one guy played extremely well."

Talking about the match, Bayliss said Rashid Khan was brought into attack in the powerplay in abid to dismiss the dangerous Jos Buttler early.

Rashid is our best performing bowler and he had a decent record against Jos Buttler in the past so we thought we'd bowl him fairly early to try and get Jos out before he gets going.

Obviously, a very flat wicket. And Kane decided to try and keep going to get him out. Unfortunately, it didn't work tonight that's the way the game goes sometimes, he said.

Meanwhile, Jos Buttler who notched his maiden T20 century was delighted by his performance.

"It's certainly up there, my first hundred in T20 cricket so I am delighted with that. I don't say I felt my most fluent all the time, a have felt better at the crease at times.

"For a while now, I haven't been feeling at ease in the crease, sort of searching for something but what's been good is keeping a good mindset that everyday is a new opportunity. It was nice to spend some time in the middle today and get back to my best.

Asked why he went for more conventional shots Buttler said: "Today, I felt like the pitch was in the lower side as the bounce is generally in Delhi and there wasn't much pace in the wicket, so the scoop shots and shots behind the wicket I didn't feel they would be as valuable as trying to target the straighter boundaries and back my hitting like that."

The Englishman commended the performance of the bowling unit that put up a "clinical" performance to defend 220 runs.

"It was great to have Kartik Tyagi in the line up today. I think he's a really exciting bowler. He bowls with really good pace and he spent a lot of time with India on their tour to Australia and I'm sure he'd have learnt a lot spending time in that environment.

"It was a really good bowling performance by all the boys, Mustafizur (Rahaman) was exceptional. That was a good score to defend but they made a clinical defence of that."

Updated Date: May 02, 2021 21:42:44 IST

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