Before the start of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), the one franchise that suffered the biggest setback was Sunrisers Hyderabad. The officially appointed captain of SRH, David Warner, got involved in the disgraceful ball-tampering scandal that saw him copping one-year termination from Cricket Australia and a suspension from BCCI in IPL 2018.
Following Warner’s ban, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was shouldered with the responsibility to lead SRH and he has done a commendable job for the 2016 IPL champions thus far. Sunrisers are currently placed at the top of the points table with 7 wins from 9 games.
In his recent column for Times of India, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has hailed Williamson for holding the team together in the absence of inspirational SRH captain David Warner.
“Their (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson is the glue that holds the team together. Last season, he didn’t play most of the games since only four overseas players can play in the eleven and their skipper David Warner was the preferred batting option. This year, with Warner not there and with the additional responsibility of captaining the team, the New Zealand captain has raised the level of the game several notches and in the process showed that a batsman does not have to be a blaster to score at a good clip and more importantly be consistent as well,” Gavaskar wrote.
Praising Williamson’s captaincy, Gavaskar further went on to compare him with the legendary CSK skipper MS Dhoni.
“The other aspect that is seen about Williamson is how cool he stays even when things seem to be unravelling for the team. In this he is quite like MS Dhoni whose cool exterior keeps the jittery team member cool too,” Gavaskar further penned.
Besides leading the team from the front, Williamson has also proved his mettle as a batsman. He is currently the leading run-scorer for SRH with 354 runs in 9 innings at an average and strike rate of 50.57 and 130.14 respectively.