Warner: Lot of talent and potential in Sunrisers

Sunrisers captain David Warner felt that there can’t be excuses this time around for his team.

David Warner feels it will be tough for the team selection panel to pick the eleven for the first couple of games.   -  Nagara Gopal

Sri Lankan spin legend and bowling mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Muttiah Muralitharan, was critical of the kind of pitches prepared at some of the venues for the recent World T20, but hoped they would be better tracks for the upcoming IPL.

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Speaking at a promotional event of the Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Thursday, Muralitharan said he was disappointed with the kind of tracks prepared during the recent World Cup.

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“I would love to see the pitches to be 50-50 to both batsmen and bowlers. I can promise that Hyderabad would be a great pitch on these lines for our home games. Some teams do try to take home advantage by going for the kind of pitches which result in low-scoring games,” a smiling Murali remarked.

“The fans would love to T20 matches where the scores are generally 160-plus and not the low-scoring games. For me the game is more important than the tem,” he pointed out.

“Well, as far as Sunrisers is concerned, we depend on our all-round strength of pace and spin. We look forward to good wickets to have a good chance to realise our goal of winning the IPL,” Murali added.

For his part, Sunrisers head coach Tom Moody said that his players are mentally and physically ready for the challenges of the IPL which is being held so close to the recently-concluded T20 World Cup.

“The players generally are passionate about their game, mentally stronger. For us, it is all about digging deep to find the winning ways,” Moody remarked.

Sunrisers captain David Warner felt that there can’t be excuses this time around for his team.

“There is lot of talent and potential. The presence of two international captains (Eoin Morgan of England and Kane Williamson of New Zealand) is a great, plus like that of Ashish Nehra,” he remarked.

“We do have great balance. Strong bowling and powerful batters. In fact, it will be tough for the team selection panel to pick the eleven for the first couple of games,” he said.