No-frills guy

Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan might have stolen the limelight from other SunRisers Hyderabad batsmen but one can’t forget the contribution of the likes of Cameron White, when the dashing opener was recuperating from injury.

While White is currently suffering from a loss of form, it was his breathtaking hits that helped Hyderabad win the first Super Over contest of the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Speaking to Mail Today, White said that he doesn’t believe in too much strategising and said that it was all about seeing the ball and hitting it when he walked out for the Super Over.

“The plan was to connect well with the ball. There are no choices. You don’t have time to gauge the situation. “But I think (Dale) Steyn did a great job against Chris Gayle. Once we had 20 on board, I was pretty confident Steyn could defend it. But Gayle is so dangerous that you can never be too sure with him,” the 29-year-old said.

Having played more than 150 T20 matches, he rates the Super Over match against Bangalore as his most memorable one in the shortest format of the game.

“That Super Over match has to be right up there with the most memorable T20 matches that I have played, more so because we ended up on the winning side,” the Australian said.

Having played for three teams in IPL now, White feels that it has been an amazing season so far with his new team — Hyderabad.

While the crux of the team is very much the same, as that of the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, the management has undergone a complete change and White feels the new support system has done a great job.

“The new owners and staff have been fantastic. Guys like Tom Moody, Waqar Younis, VVS Laxman and Krish Srikkanth among others are institutions in themselves and they are all doing a great job in helping not only us, but also the youngsters,” he said.

However, White’s performance in the IPL has been quite inconsistent. Having started off with a mediocre outing for RCB in the inaugural season in 2008, scoring just 114 runs in eight matches, he moved to Deccan in 2011.

Having established himself only last season – scoring 479 runs in 13 matches – for the Chargers, he has moved on and like many of his Chargers teammates joined the new team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

While consistency has eluded him this season, original skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s poor showing promoted him to the captain’s slot at the start of the season. White feels that the last six years have been a terrific journey for him in the IPL and this experience has taught him a lot — both on and off the field.

“Initially, I sat on the sidelines. But slowly things changed and it was good to get more opportunities last year. Even this year things started off on a good note for me,” he said. The 29-year-old Australian rates the Super Over win against RCB as his most memorable one.

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