IPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar likely to lead SRH against KKR as Williamson remains a doubt

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first_imgIPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar likely to lead SRH against KKR as Williamson remains a doubtIPL 2019: Kane Williamson arrived in India on Friday night and is doubtful for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opener against Kolkata Knight Riders which is why vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar might lead the team on Sunday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 20:43 IST IPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s vice-captain and is likely to fill in as skipper in Williamson’s absence. (@SunRisers Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTom Moody said SRH will take a call on Kane Williamson on SundaySRH vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead SRH in Williamson’s absenceMoody said David Warner still holds a leadership role at SRHThere were two major developments in the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) camp on Saturday. While captain Kane Williamson is doubtful for their opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), opening batsman David Warner skipped training.Commenting on Williamson, coach Tom Moody said: “He arrived with Martin Guptill late yesterday night. They had to attend an awards function with New Zealand cricket. We are assessing Kane today and tomorrow,” Moody told reporters.”It’s not a long term injury. Whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow. We have got quite a few days before our next home game. If he’s not available, I don’t see any issues from second game onwards. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is our vice-captain,” Moody added.Commenting on Warner’s absence, Moody said the batsman is just resting and there is nothing to worry about. “Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign.”Williamson picked up a shoulder injury while fielding during the second Test against Bangladesh and was taken to hospital for further scans to determine the seriousness of the injury.The Kiwi duo have arrived at the SunRisers camp. #OrangeArmy let us welcome @Martyguptill and Kane Williamson with warm hearts. #ReturnOfTheRiser pic.twitter.com/KR1aaRwLoXSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 22, 2019In his absence, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the side. Williamson had a stellar season with SRH with the bat last season as he amassed 735 runs at an average of 52.50 and an impressive strike rate of 142.44. He bagged the Orange Cap finishing as the highest run-getter of the tournament.advertisementWARNER STILL A LEADER WITHIN SETUP: SRH COACH MOODYHe may not be captain, but David Warner continues to have leadership role at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), head coach Tom Moody said ahead of their opening tie against Kolkata Knight Riders.”Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign,” Moody said.”Davey still has a leadership role within the group. In the middle with the bat in hand and around training and out in the middle when it comes to strategising.”Talking about handing over the baton to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson last season after Warner was not allowed to play the IPL due to his role in ball-tampering, Moody said the Kiwi is admired globally and led so well that the team management decided to stick with him.”We felt there was no need to make any change from last year. Kane is admired globally and what he did with us last year, we felt it made sense to continue the continuity,” he said.Tell us if you’ve seen a happier face than Kane Williamson’sWatch here what the Kiwi has to say about the #OrangeArmy on his return! #ReturnOfTheRiser #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/UMk5Gku3f6SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 23, 2019Moody dropped a hint that Jonny Bairstow could open with Warner as his wicket-keeping gives the team a balance. “Picking Bairstow up in the auction was an important strategy because we wanted an overseas player who could give us the option to keep wickets.”Having an impact player like Bairstow in the similar mold of Jos Buttler gives that option and flexibility to have that keeping role nailed down and have an impact player at the same time.””We are conscious of making sure that we have all the right combinations for any situation. The most important thing we have is the constant communication not only with foreign players, but domestic players as well.”All of them (of the 23) present a strong case to be in the XI tomorrow,” Moody said.Moody also praised the comeback man Wriddhiman Saha who played in the second qualifier despite a broken thumb. “It’s great to see Saha back. It’s a long journey with recovery. He has shown a lot of character and courage. His keeping is second to none — an outstanding glovesman.”Moody also hailed the IPL schedule saying it’s great that the league stage is getting over by May 5, as all the eight franchises will miss out on their top players ahead of the World Cup.”A lot of teams aren’t going to be affected too badly. Maybe when it comes to finals, it might be a different story, but certainly in the main stage of the tournament, most players will be available.”Also Read | Sunrisers Hyderabad like my second family away from home: David WarnerAlso Read | It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World CupAlso Read | Pre-tournament photo shoot suggests Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to lead SRHAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarneradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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