SunRisers can reach play-offs

SunRisers Hyderabad’s campaign in the IPL has been tale full of surprises. Devoid of the so called big hitters, this new franchise relied on their powerpacked bowling line- up to script their way to qualifying for the next stage.

But not all days are the same and the SunRisers bowlers too had their off days, which more often than not has resulted in losses. The most recent offday was Wednesday, when they were spanked for by Chennai Super Kings and eventually lost.

SunRisers mentor Krishnamachari Srikkanth accepts the fact that bowling is their stronger point but believes that despite the loss a couple wins can seal their place in the play-offs. “I wouldn’t like to say that (our batting is weak) but, yes, bowling is our stronger side,” Srikkanth said, on the sidelines of launching English-Strokes, an English learning programme, in association with the British Council. “I still feel we have a good chance.

Four teams are competing for three spots Chennai Super Kings have already confirmed one). Out of the four games we have to win, minimum two games, to confirm our place,” he said.

Time to move on, India’s Champions Trophy squad, announced on Saturday, bore a fresh look, with players like Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan getting rewarded for their good show in the Australia Test series.

But it also spelt doom for seniors like Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, who had featured in the last ODI series against England.

Srikkanth supported the move of the selectors to go for a younger side. “It’s time to move on.

We have got the best possible combination. In the English conditions, we need fast bowlers and I think it’s right to have five bowlers in the squad. Also, the batsmen are the ones who have flair in their batting.

So, I think they will do well in the Champions Trophy,” he said.

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