Robin Singh has his flanks covered. Two defeats from two matches was certainly not the way the Hyderabad coach would have liked to start his IPL stint, but that’s how it has been for his boys against Kolkata and Delhi. Now, as Hyderabad prepare for what could, in the final analysis, prove to be a crucial match, Robin, it seemed, was determined not to let his team take any flak for the defeats. From the wicket, to the dew and power cuts, he just about blamed everything for his team’s poor show.
“The first game (against Kolkata) was a bit of a lottery, we didn’t expect that kind of a wicket, and even when we were in with a chance of pulling it off, the lights went off, giving the opposition a chance to rejuvenate,” Robin said of the first match at Eden.
“It was a low score to defend, and though we took regular wickets, it just wasn’t enough,” he added.
About the second match at home, which Hyderabad lost by an embarrassing nine wickets to Delhi, all he had to say was, “we batted poorly”.
“When you don’t put up big totals, you must take wickets at regular intervals, and we just didn’t do that, but we should have batted better.”
Robin said the spirit and focus was still very good and the team just needed “a couple of good games” to turn the corner.
“It has been just two matches, and I really think it is too early to press the panic button,” the former Indian fielding coach said.
He agreed that both his batsmen and bowlers have been woefully out of form so far, but said he had faith in them.
“A couple of good overs, both for the batsmen and bowlers, should do the trick,” he said.
“Partnerships have also been a problem, and we must start looking at forging partnerships in the forthcoming matches.”
Meanwhile, South African Herschelle Gibbs has joined the Hyderabad team, but as Robin said, he was a “doubtful starter” for Thursday.