Piyush Chawla picks Kane Williamson leadership replacement for SRH

Piyush Chawla believes SunRiser Hyderabad (SRH) must not select a Kane Williamson leadership contestant ahead of veteran fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Sunday’s dead rubber IPL 2022 encounter against Punjab Kings (PBKS).

On Wednesday, Williamson returned to New Zealand for the arrival of her second child. It was unclear at this time whether or not SunRisers would make the playoffs. However, Orange Army fell 2 points behind the top four contenders and were disqualified a few games later.

Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Image: Twitter

Besides Bhuvneshwar, Nicholas Pooran, who had been named skipper of the West Indies white ball, and Aiden Markram are also candidates. Piyush Chawla believes the speedster is the best temporary alternative for Williamson due to his current form, managerial experience and connection to the team. ESPNcricinfo reported that he said:

Bhuvneshwar
Bhuvneswar Kumar. Image: BCCI

“In terms of experience, I think they can go to Bhuvneshwar Kumar because he is an international player who has been in this team for a long time, plays consistently and knows the bowling unit well and the team environment.. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best alternative in my opinion.

‘Umran Malik will want to end on a high note’: Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla acknowledged that pace is a double-edged sword, saying he will have to find a balance similar to his 3/23 performance against the Mumbai Indians (MI) as well as finish strong. He ended by saying,

“He lost a few runs in that competition, then got a few wickets back, then he was expensive again. So in a big tournament like this, you can’t expect to have 14 big games; some will be horrible.

Umran Malik (Image credits: IPL)
Umran Malik (Image credits: IPL)

He’s the type of performer that gives hitters so much speed to work with before he goes for boundaries, he gets a lot of it, and then when he takes wickets, he gets enough of it. But since it’s his last game, he’ll want to go out on a high, play the same way he did in previous games and do something positive for his team.

The game between SRH and PBKS will start at 7:30 p.m. at Wankhede Stadium.

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