Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star batsman Kane Williamson, who scored 317 runs in 11 innings in the course of the 2020 version of IPL T20, was benched in his aspect’s opening fixture of IPL 2021 towards Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Jonny Bairstow changed Williamson at No.4, and the right-handed batsman didn’t disappoint as he scored 55 off 40 however did not take his group over the end line. SRH lost their first game of the season by just ten runs.
After their opening encounter at Chepauk, SRH head coach Trevor Bayliss revealed why Williamson wasn’t picked within the closing XI.
Bayliss mentioned that the Black Caps skipper wants extra time to realize match health. The previous Australian first-class cricketer additionally added that had Kane been match, he would have performed instead of Bairstow.
“We simply felt that Kane wanted somewhat bit of additional time to get match match and somewhat bit extra time within the nets,” Bayliss mentioned within the post-match press convention.
“He would have performed instead of Jonny Bairstow clearly if that had occurred. However we aren’t too perturbed about that, Jonny has been in type just lately in white-ball cricket right here in India. Kane will clearly come into calculations because the event unfolds.”
Bayliss additionally made it clear that England’s Bairstow, who bats at No. 4 in T20Is however principally opens in ODIs, is one in all SRH’s choices for the opening slot.
“Relying on health and type, we all know Jonny can open the batting and maintain as properly. It provides us choices however sure he has performed properly for England at quantity 4 just lately,” added the 58-year-old.
Sunrisers subsequent IPL match is towards the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 14 on the similar venue.