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SRH mentor Kris Srikkanth talks about the team’s IPL journey
By Anand Subramaniam
Hyderabad 20 May 2013
Before their first match of the IPL 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor Kris Srikkanth spoke about ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ being a crucial aspect to their journey in the tournament. He spoke about creating a vibe of positive energy in the dressing room that would bring the team success.
Now, 46 days, 16 matches, a super over and a hattrick later, Kris Srikkanth is proud of a team that not many gave a chance of making to the playoffs. The Sunrisers hardly have any superstars nor does it boast of big names from the domestic circuit; yet in their very first year, they have made it to the top four of the tournament. With a renewed team, new backstage staff, refurbished hope and a drive to succeed, the Sunrisers now look forward to putting up a similar spirited performance in the playoffs.
Still over the moon after achieving one of their primary targets in the tournament, Kris Srikkanth spoke to IPLT20.com with a joy that knew no bounds. He compared the win to one of India’s most iconic moments in cricketing history; the 1983 World Cup victory which he was a part of.
“My memories went down to the 1983 World Cup. Nobody gave us a chance in the World Cup that year, but we qualified and won at the end of the day. The feeling today is quite similar as no one gave the Sunrisers a chance in the tournament, and today we have qualified for the playoffs,” said an overjoyed Srikkanth.
With a win against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, the Sunrisers have not only booked a playoffs spot but have also knocked out favouritesRoyal Challengers Bangalore out of the tournament. From being labelled as the underdogs, to making it to the final four, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have indeed come a long way.
“If you look at the team, we had the faith and belief that we would make it. Everybody said we were the underdogs, but we were not worried about it. This team is built on teamwork and not individual performance. The core of the team has been the supportive nature of its members. Everybody backed each other through the ups and downs in the tournament which has helped in the team’s success,” said Srikkanth.
A new setup, a new support staff and a renewed team has indeed caught a lot of people by surprise. From game number one to game number sixteen, Srikkanth describes the Sunrisers’ journey in one word – Fantastic.
“The journey for us has been fantastic. Before the start of the tournament, the only thing we told the boys was to play with a lot of passion. They have done exactly that and it is this passion in their hearts that has got the team thus far.”
Srikkanth, who has always believed in the power of the people and positive energy, also credits the people of Hyderabad for the team’s success. “I have always believed in the power of the people. The energy of the people of Hyderabad has been brilliant. They have supported us throughout and this helped create a positive energy that was reflected on the field. Our fans turned up in great numbers for our games and have given us unconditional support.”
When asked what he would tell the team when they meet the Rajasthan Royals in the playoffs, Srikkanth replied with a smile. “Keep playing your natural game. Do not worry or get overburdened by the occasion. Take it one game at a time and the results will follow.”
204: Number of dot balls bowled by Dale Steyn in IPL 2013 – most by any bowler in a single edition of IPL. Lasith Malinga had bowled 196 dot balls in 2011 edition.
96.58: Jacques Kallis’ strike-rate in IPL 2013 – worst for any batsman in a single edition of IPL (having faced 300 balls or more). Kumar Sangakkara had a strike-rate of 102.47 in 2009.
89: Runs added by Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan – highest partnership for Sunrisers Hyderabad for any wicket. Cameron White and Thisara Perera had added 80 runs for the fourth wicket against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru on April 9.
21.21: Average runs conceded by Sunrisers Hyderabad for each wicket in IPL 2013 – lowest among all teams in IPL 2013.
10: Number of times Sunrisers Hyderabad restricted their opponents to a total of 130 or less- most such instances for any time in IPL 2013.
10: Number of times Gautam Gambhir has got run-out in IPL. With Sunday’s dismissal he equaled Y Venugopal Rao’s record of most such dismissals in IPL.