Sunrisers Hyderabad may have injury concerns to worry about for Wednesday’s Eliminator but they will take solace in the encouraging form of captain David Warner. The 2017 Indian Premier League Eliminator will feature third-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Ashish Nehra was ruled out of the IPL 2017 playoffs because of a hamstring injury while Yuvraj Singh is expected to face a late fitness test before the Eliminator to ascertain if he has recovered from a niggling finger problem.
While both players missing the match will be a blow for Sunrisers Hyderabad — as explained by Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in a recent column wherein he credited all Sunrisers players — coach Tom Moody will be glad to call upon skipper Warner to come good.
Warner captained Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL trophy last year as the side triumphed against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. He is trusted with repeating the feat this term.
It could be said that the Australian opener has led by example. He is the top run-getter of IPL 2017, having managed 604 runs from 13 matches.
His 126 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is also the highest individual score in a match this season.
Coach Moody feels that while many players crumble under the pressure of captaincy, Warner revels in it for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“When some take the leadership role, it doesn’t suffocate their own performance. If anything, they relish that opportunity and they grow with responsibility,” Moody said of Warner’s role with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“David is one of those players who relishes the challenges of leadership. Knowing him, in his batting and fielding, he has taken another step upwards.”
The winner of the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will face Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
Mumbai Indians had lost to Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1. RPS will play the winner of Qualifier 2 in the final on Sunday.