The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) signed Jason Roy as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh after the latter pulled out due to bubble fatigue and to concentrate on the Sheffield Shield. The Englishman’s acquisition means that Roy would feature in the same team as his national team opening partner Jonny Bairstow. However, questions remain as to how he would fit in when only four overseas players can be picked.
With David Warner and Rashid Khan sure starters, Kane Williamson is also difficult to drop. There are 5 others competing for the remaining spot in the form of Jason Holder, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Bairstow and Roy. It would therefore, be difficult for Roy to get regular match-time in the tournament and former England batsman Mark Butcher has voiced his concerns about the same.
Mark Butcher speaks on Jason Roy’s acquisition by SRH
Mark Butcher spoke to Wisden’s Cricket Weekly Podcast about Jason Roy’s acquisition by SRH and said, “Warner will play. Kane Williamson sits out often for Sunrisers Hyderabad and if he’s not getting a gig, and he’s not going to open the batting anyway. He’ll bat 3 or 4 then it’s hard to see where he fits in there, Jason. From an England point of view, they’d be hoping that David Warner injures himself and then you have the Roy and Bairstow show at the top of the order. Fingers crossed that Jason plays otherwise it would be another wasted summer for him.”
Speaking further about Roy’s past IPL seasons, “He’s done that so often in the IPL. When he was at Gujarat Lions… wasn’t going to play. When he did play, they batted him at 6. So yeah, he’s had it before. And Jason is not good at not playing. He’s had various injury problems over the last 2-3 years and it’s kept him out of playing regular cricket. He’s also had a situation where he hardly featured in an IPL for two IPLs and was so slow getting started when he got back in the UK. That hurts him, not playing,” Butcher added.
SRH will begin their IPL campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders on the 11th of April.