Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman Nicholas Pooran should play offensively in offensive cricket.
Shastri made these remarks while speaking on ESPNcrininfo after Hyderabad’s 12-run loss to the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Monday. Pooran made 34 runs off 24 balls but was unable to take his side Win.
Shastri suggested that players like Pooran often tend to lose flow if they look to start slow. He said:
“I would give Pooran some time, but I would also tell him to just play his game and not worry about the rest. If you get into the groove and feel like smacking it and upping the tempo and taking the strike rate up much earlier than what the team would expect, then do it. Because if he starts thinking too much and thinking towards the end, that’s when such players at times lose their rhythm.”
In the same video, England all-rounder Sam Curran mentioned how Pooran is an important Role in SRH’s batting line-up. He reckoned that the team management must back him as he is expected to be one of their top performers with the bat this season.
“It’s one of those things that the ball should have gone out of the park as it was in the slot. But it doesn’t really always go your way. Pooran is a huge player for SRH and he’s the one they should stick with and keep letting him fire because he’s such a big player for them and hopefully he’ll come good very soon.”
Meanwhile, Jason Holder bowled an exceptional last over and held his nerves to take the Lucknow Super Giants to an exceptional win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in the 12th game of IPL 2022 season at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. SRH did look in control at one point in time during the run chase. However, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi’s tidy overs dented their chances of crossing the line.
Pooran contributed with 34 crucial runs from just 24 deliveries. However, SRH lost momentum once he was dismissed in the 18th over.
Hyderabad will next be seen in action on Saturday when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings.