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IPL 2018: ‘Kane Williamson’s calmness has rubbed off on Sunrisers Hyderabad’

Sandeep Sharma was all praise for skipper Kane Williamson after the Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 13 runs in IPL 2018.

cricket Updated: Apr 27, 2018 10:23 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently second in the points table of IPL 2018.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently second in the points table of IPL 2018.(AFP)

If defending low totals is an art, Sunrisers Hyderabad are becoming the masters of it in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018).

Sandeep Sharma, one of their bowling mainstays, says that the calm demeanour of captain Kane Williamson is a big reason behind it.

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For two successive matches Sunrisers overcame the odds – first by defending 118 runs against Mumbai Indians and then 132 runs against Kings XI Punjab.

“Kane Williamson has been a very good influence. He is very calm. When you see him at the ground, he is always positive. Whenever we score low totals, he says to forget that. He asks us to focus on our bowling and taking wickets. If the leader is calm under such a situation, it increases our confidence,” said Sandeep, who took two wickets for 17 runs against Kings XI on Thursday night.

Asked about the turning point of the match here, Sandeep said: “There was no turning point as such. If it is a low total, every bowler needs to perform. We bowled well collectively. All of us are executing our respective roles. Because of that we have been able to defend low totals. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently injured, when he comes back we will be even stronger.”

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Regarding his own role in the team, Sandeep says that it goes beyond just taking wickets.

“I generally start with the new ball. So I am in a better position to tell my teammates about the way the pitch is behaving. Today too I was telling them that the pitch is holding a little bit. So, slower balls will be effective rather than seam up deliveries. If you see the wicket of Chris Gayle by Basil Thampi, he also got out on a slower bouncer.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 09:47 IST

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