IPL 2020: Warner reveals why Kane Williamson didn’t play against RCB
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a disappointing start to their IPL campaign as they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opener in Abu Dhabi. SRH struggled to chase down the target and ended up falling ten runs short of the target. It was clearly evident that SRH lacked the killer instinct to score runs.
While Warner, Marsh, Rashid and Bairstow were in the playing XI, one familiar face went missing in the playing XI and that is Kane Williamson. New Zealand captain’s absence raised a few eyebrows, if not a whole lot. Kane Williamson is SRH’s talismanic batsman and was also the leading run-scorer in 2018 and steered the team to the final.
When asked about why Kane Williamson didn’t play the IPL opener, David Warner revealed that Kane Williamson sustained a quadriceps injury during the practice session before the game. Warner also explained the reason behind going for Mitchell Marsh for the match.
“Kane Williamson is not fit, he hurt his quad (quadriceps) while training the other day and (with) Mohammad Nabi. We felt playing two spinners here. Given the thought process, we wanted to chase which probably was not an option if we got stuck the other way, so we went with bowling all-rounder hitting the wicket as hard as we could,” Warner said in the presentation ceremony.
David Warner heaps praise on Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh picked up an injury during the game and this was one of the biggest setbacks for SRH. Marsh had a tough time on the field. In the very first over which he bowled, he felt discomfort and had to leave after bowling four balls. Vijay Shankar finished the two balls in the fifth over.
“Obviously, disappointing for Mitchell (Marsh) to go down as he did,” Warner added. The SRH skipped heaped praise on Mitchell Marsh for showing courage and coming out to bat. Despite injury, Mitchell Marsh boldly went out to bat when his team needed him. He got out on the very first ball and walked off the field with immense pain.
“A lot of courage for Mitchell (Marsh) to go out there and try. It doesn’t look great for him, can’t put any weight on his leg. Hopefully it isn’t too bad, it was quite painful for him, so fingers crossed,” Warner added.
Mitchell Marsh came out to bat at No. 10 at a stage when his team required someone to increase the run-rate. Marsh attempted a big shot off Shivam Dube’s bowling, but RCB captain Virat Kohli took the catch in his safe pair of hands. The Sunrisers wll play their second game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday, September 26 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.