RR vs SRH in IPL 2021 – SRH Playing XI: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) announced Kane Williamson as their new skipper for the remainder of IPL 2021 on Saturday. Williamson not too surprising took over the reins from David Warner after SRH were languishing at the bottom of the table with just one win from 6 matches. The first big decision Williamson took is to bench Warner. SRH Head Coach Tom Moody said: “It was purely a decision based on a combination. He was disappointed and shocked but it can be expected from a leading athlete who wants to prove himself.“
First thing first – Is Warner not scoring? Answer is, the Australian opening batsman is scoring but not with his usual pace. Surprisingly, despite playing 6 matches and scoring 193 runs with two 50’s – his strike rate is shockingly just 110 – which is too low for a opening batsman and has become one of the main reason for poor start by Sunrisers in IPL 2021.
Warner in IPL 2021 – Matches 6, Runs 193, Average 32, Strike Rate 110.28
Warner’s overall – Matches 148, Runs 5447, Average 42.22, SR – 140
One can clearly make out, why Warner can be dropped for the SRH’s playing XI on Sunday. But Warner’s struggle with his strike-rate is not the only reason why he can be dropped from the playing XI on Sunday – another reason is Warner’s growing differences with SRH’s think tank.
IPL 2021: Why Warner can be dropped from the playing XI on Sunday?
RR vs SRH – SRH Playing XI: As per the information coming in from SRH’s camp, Warner is not having great time with SRH’s management and think-tank at this stage. Warner is not being questioned for his slow batting this season by the management but also is at loggerheads with them on few selection issues.
The same became very evident when Manish Pandey was dropped from one of the SRH’s match. Right before and after the game Warner described Pandey’s omission from the starting XI as a “harsh” call by the “selectors” making it very evident that all is not well between the management & captain Warner.
SRH vs RR, IPL 2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad Likely XI vs Rajasthan Royals match
The SRH management has already suggested changes in the overseas combination and the team think-tank is likely to tinker around with the SRH’s Playing XI vs RR. First of all who will be the choices as 4 foreign players in playing XI ?
– Rashid Khan – With Afghan spinner being their only supply of wickets in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Natarajan, Rashid Khan is indispensable.
– Kane Williamson – New captain can’t be dropped or ignored so he will be the another overseas player in SRH playing XI
– Jonny Bairstrow – SRH’s opening batsman can’t be dropped as he not only in good form but also scoring quickly. Bairstow has 218 runs from 6 matches hit at a strike rate of 141
So who will be the 4th overseas player for SRH vs RR on Sunday. In all likelihood, Warner will not be that player. Though everyone in SRH camp is tightlipped about the choice of 4th overseas player – but it can be either Jason Roy (Mitchell Marsh’s) replacement or West Indies captain Jason Holder.
Holder’s inclusion can address SRH’s middle-order concerns which has been an issue this season. Thus, to include Holder or Roy in XI, SRH will need to show the door to Warner against the Royals.
It remains to be seen which way Williamson and the SRH management goes in their crunch clash tomorrow.
SRH Playing XI (Probable): Jonny Bairstow (wk) / Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (C), Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder / Jason Roy, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Wriddhiman Saha / Abhishek Sharma