IPL 2020: ‘We could have gone a little bit harder,’ says David Warner after defeat against KKR

After a thumping defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner said, "We can’t have batsmen on the bench and two others batting 20 overs."


Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner felt disappointed after his team’s defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in match 9 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. SRH have failed to make an impressive start in this season as they are currently at the last spot of the Points Table.

The David warner-led side lost their first two games of the 13th edition of the IPL. Talking about last night’s match, Warner expressed his dissatisfaction over the way his team’s middle-order batsmen performed. In the post-match presentation ceremony, he said that playing too many dot balls may have cost them the game.

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“We can’t have batsmen on the bench and two others batting 20 overs. We could have gone a little bit harder. After I got out, we played out 4-5 overs for about 20 runs.

“We have to apply more pressure and hit more boundaries in the middle period. I am disappointed with the dot balls we played and I think there were 35-36 dot balls. I don’t think it’s acceptable in T20 cricket,” said the 33-year old.

Saha kept trying but failed to strike it big: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra felt SRH failed to make a right call for batting order

Former cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra also raised this issue during a post-match analysis on his Youtube channel. While raising concerns on SRH’s selection over sending Wriddhiman Saha at number 4, the 43-year old also mentioned that Saha was not able to strike it big. According to him, SRH should have retired him out as he was not able to shift the gears.

Manish Pandey was playing well when they sent Saha, which was a questionable call. They should have brought Priyam Garg or Abhishek Sharma before Saha because they had played the first match.

“Saha kept on trying, I love him to bits, but he was not able to strike it big. In such a case, why not retire out a batsman, why is there a stigma attached to it, even when a bowler is not doing well he is not given his full quota. I know that your intentions are good, but you are not able to get going,” he added.

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