In the 51st game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, the Mumbai Indians will be hosting the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai later in the day. With 14 points in their baggage, the Rohit Sharma-led team (MI) has almost booked a probable berth in the playoffs, while the SRH team also needs just a single victory to claim a spot in the final four.
However, the matters have become a little bit difficult for the visiting team as their mainstay batsman, David Warner, who is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament with a staggering tally of 692 runs, has already returned to be part of Australia’s World Cup preparations.
David has had a remarkable series
While speaking on Warner’s contribution for Sunrisers Hyderabad in VIVO IPL 2019, head coach Tom Moody mentioned that there is nothing to get away from the fact that the Australian batter has a remarkable run in the tournament. However, Moody revealed that the bottom line is how the team affects and creates an opportunity in Warner’s absence. Warner missed the last edition of the IPL as he was barred from participation due to the ball-tampering ban.
In Warner’s absence, Sunrisers Hyderabad reached in the final of the 2018 IPL under the captaincy of Kane Williamson. “David has had a remarkable series. 692 runs in 12 games is something he should be very proud of. The bottom line from our point of view is how it affects the team and creates an opportunity. We were faced with the same situation last season. We did not have David Warner. We played the final (against eventual champions Chennai Super Kings),” quoted Tom Moody during the pre-match press conference.
We are going to miss David
Moody admitted the fact that they will miss Warner, however, he also mentioned that he likes to look at the positive sides. The head coach stated that the opener’s absence presents a massive opportunity for someone else to step in. “We saw Kane Williamson last season had a remarkable season himself. So, we are going to miss David. But I look at the positive sides. What it does is, gives us an opportunity as a side to play as well differently with different personnel,” Moody added.
While speaking on Warner’s replacement, Moody noted that they have got a few options out of which the Kiwi senior opener, Martin Guptill is the obvious choice. The SRH head coach stated that Guptill is a like-for-like replacement for the Australian opener. “We have got a few options. Of course, Guptill is the obvious one. Being a world class opener himself, he is a like-for-like replacement. But we are also looking at someone like a Billy Stanlake at a venue like this,” the SRH head coach concluded.