In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's leadership for Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowling line up due to injury, the team needed someone to step in and fill in the big shoes.
Siddharth Kaul, the right arm fast bowler from Punjab, wasn't really expected to be the one to do so, but how magnificently he has done the tough job of leading the bowling unit for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year.
Kaul was recently asked to talk about the challenges of playing on different surfaces for a modern-day fast bowler and he said, “I don’t rate pitches as good or bad, helpful or not. It's all about doing your best in the middle. If the pitch is seaming, good; if it isn’t, you still have to give your best, use variations on it. It is all about your attitude about pitches, not the pitch itself. You are doing what you have to do it, the pitch doesn't do it. It's only you at the top of your run-up and you're wanting to give 100 percent for your team,”
Kaul believes it is the support from other bowlers in the team which has been the key reason for his and SRH's success this time around.
He said, “It's a team game and everyone is doing their homework well, whether during training in the nets or in the game. Everyone has a role, a position to bowl and the support staff is also helping us a lot. Everyone knows when and where to bowl, it's all about how much hard work you put in practice but most importantly, it is about clicking at the right time, which we are doing this time,”