All-rounder Washington Sundar’s injury and probable unavailability from SunRisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) next two IPL 2022 matches, as per Sanjay Manjrekar, is a “huge blow” to the squad.
SRH, given their recent success, is in a must-win stage of the tournament, as per the former Indian hitter, and must be at full power to make it to the playoffs.
In the first four games, Sundar appeared to be in top form. Against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he took two crucial wickets each and maintained a fantastic economy rate (GT). In the opening encounter against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), he fumbled with the ball but composed for it with a 14-ball 40 at the crease.
Sundar “flies beneath the radar,” according to Manjrekar, but he contributes as expected. Sanjay Manjrekar elaborated:
“I believe that is a significant setback for them. In terms of the playoffs, the following two games are crucial for all teams because even if you don’t perform well in the first two or three games, it’s still manageable. However, now it is critical to winning every match. Washington Sundar is a bit of a mystery, but he has bowled brilliantly throughout the tournament.”
“He only let up 14 runs in three overs in his last game, and you may anticipate more from his hitting as well since he can do so. As a result, it’s a huge setback.”
Sanjay Manjrekar feels SRH will consider the opposition’s left-handers:
Sundar could be replaced by two experienced Karnataka spinners, leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal and left-arm tweaker Jagadeesha Suchith, for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match on Friday.
Sanjay Manjrekar feels Kane Williamson and his teammates will analyze the opposition’s left-handed pitchers and choose the former. He stated,
“In KKR, I was only counting the left-handed pitchers. There’s Venky Iyer and Nitish Rana, therefore the skipper believes there’s no need for a left-arm spinner when the opposition has two left-handers in the top four… Suchith is unlikely to play, in my opinion.”
At the Brabourne Stadium, the SRH-KKR match will begin at 7:30 p.m. IST.