“Rahul Tripathi achieved exceptional success in third place and Markram was one of the leading players in the tournament in fourth place,” Modi said at the post-match press conference. “So, we felt why we would change something that works for something that doesn’t.
“We trusted Kane’s quality, there is no doubting his world-class quality. So, that’s why we didn’t make that move because as we have seen throughout the tournament where the batting has been working really well. This is Abhishek Sharma at the top of the rankings, Tripathi at 3, and Markram 4. , and Buran 5.”
In a chase of 178 at Pune Stadium where some balls were laid on the back with a long length, Williamson continued to find the attackers, absorbing up to 11 points in powerplay. He eventually threw at the final end of the powerplay, trying to craft a scoop.
“There is some consistency in that [my struggles], “Williamson told host broadcaster Star Sports in the post-game presentation.” Multiply four or five [balls to] Then they try harder and end up walking. So, you know it’s one of those things. The game just forever teaches us lessons. So, there’s a bit of learning for me there.”
“I’ve been singing this song for maybe four or five games now,” Bishop said on T20 Time: Out. “I am a Tripathi man because Tripathi was. [good] He’s third but when he’s under pressure he goes slow and then drops the wicket. So, it’s neither here nor there but you can’t go with Kane at the top again for the next game or two because it doesn’t give the team any boost.”
“I think now is the time,” said Manjrekar. “One more round and we don’t see anything happening with Ken Williamson. You might think it’s Ken Williamson, it’s not a huge setback. [Sunrisers’ batting coach] He also put his head down. This kind of dump empties the team and Tripathi comes in and he’s a bit anxious.
“Instead, bring in young players. The Washington Sundar can be a good start. Try someone else and make Ken Williamson the captain because you want to trust him as a captain but as a batsman, I’d say make him a little redundant because of his shape.”
Modi: We have struggled for rhythm since the injuries of Washington, Natarajan
While Washington and T. Natarajan returned from injury layoff on Saturday, Modi said their absence coincided with the Sunrisers suffering a long streak of defeats. After winning five jump matches, the Sunrisers have now lost five in a row and are on the verge of dropping out of the race in the playoffs.
“We had a great win slate, we started playing some good cricket and everyone was available to pick and then we missed a game that we should have won to make it six in a row,” Moody said. “Then we had injuries to Washington and Natarajan. Every team has injuries, but they play very key roles for us on the side and that is where we lost some confidence and also as a bowling unit a bit of tempo for our game and the way we defend from 120 balls.
“We have struggled to get our rhythm back since then. I thought we were much better with the ball [today]. Aside from the back end, there were a few that escaped but when you have a world class hitter like Andre Russell, he is always a threat. He did it year after year. So, I generally thought that any total around the 170 mark was a good bowling performance.”
Deivarayan Muthu is sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo