Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn’s struggle a concern for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad need their strike bowlers to play leading roles if they have to get into the playoffs © IANS & PTI
Sunrisers Hyderabad need their strike bowlers to play leading roles if they have to get into the playoffs © IANS & PTI

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling doesn’t look strong enough with the struggles of Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Nishad Pai Vaidya says Hyderabad need their strike bowlers to play leading roles if they have to get into the playoffs.

On paper, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have the strongest bowling attack in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma and Darren Sammy are a formidable combination in the IPL 2013. The addition of Bhuvneshwar Kumar only strengthened their unit heading into IPL 2014, but only latest recruit has been consistent with the others struggling to find form. Steyn and Mishra’s woes in particular are hurting Hyderabad as they are their main strike bowlers.

In previous seasons, even before the franchise transferred to the Sunrisers from the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, Mishra and Steyn were the men who got the wickets and led the way. They have specific roles in this side, something they haven’t performed effectively this season. While Steyn takes the new ball and tries to land early blows, Mishra is someone who hits the opposition in the middle overs, thereby stalling their progress. With this plan in place, the others usually bowled around them and chipped in. This strategy worked for them very well in the IPL 2013 with Thisara Perera and Ishant also doing well.

This year, both Steyn and Mishra have been expensive and haven’t quite taken too many wickets. Steyn has 10 wickets in 10 matches, but has gone for 7.45 runs an over. It is certainly too high for a bowler of his quality. In the three previous seasons, he has recorded economy rates of 5.66, 6.10 and 6.57. Also, another important detail is that he has gone wicketless in five out of the 10 matches. That does tell you about his inconsistency this year.

Steyn was smashed around during the recent game against Kings XI Punjab. It is hard to believe that he went for over 50 in his spell even though it was a belter of a wicket. That was the major assault on him this season, apart from the AB de Villiers-blitz. Even then, Steyn didn’t quite bowl in his perfect channels as he did not hit the right lengths, nor did he bowl a single yorker.

Coming to Mishra, he has been struggling for a while now. He had a brilliant start to the ICC World T20 2014, but since then, his form has tapered off. In Hyderabad’s first game of the IPL 2014, he began well with two for 26. Since then, it has been a tough ride as he has gone for over 50 on two occasions. In his nine matches at the IPL 2014 so far, he has conceded over 30 on four occasions. This season, he has conceded runs at 9.10 an over and has averaged 39.00. Compare that to his economy of 6.35 and average of 18.76 in the IPL 2013.

Hyderabad now bank on Bhuvneshwar to do the job for them. It isn’t just about his swing with the new ball anymore as he has become an able death bowler. For someone who wasn’t considered good enough to bowl in the slog overs, Bhuvneshwar has come a long way and is consistently hitting the right lengths with the pressure on him. With 18 wickets to his credit, he holds the purple cap. However, one man doesn’t take you through to the playoffs.

Hyderabad weren’t helped by Sammy’s difficult run as he too went at over 10. Sammy’s replacement, Moises Henriques, also hasn’t done much with both bat and ball. Ishant was also expensive and Bhuvneshwar has edged him out of the side. Irfan Pathan is yet to find his bowling rhythm. Things don’t look very good for Hyderabad on the bowling front. But, don’t write them off just yet. Steyn is a champion and can turn the tide with the heat on him. Mishra too can bounce back. If Hyderabad are to make it through to the playoffs, Steyn and Mishra have to play leading roles with the ball.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

Click Here

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Barbados Tridents vs Hobart Hurricanes, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar fans turn Durga Puja pandal into cricket stadium

Pakistan players would be allowed in IPL soon, hopes Shahryar Khan

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions Perth Scorchers

High Court forms selection committees for Rajasthan cricketers

Rohit Sharma ruled out of India-West Indies ODI series

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should appoint Virat Kohli as Test captain: Mohammad Azharuddin

CLT20 2014: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to maintain consistency against Chennai Super Kings says George Bailey

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss surprised at Sunil Narine’s action being reported

CLT20 2014: Players who impressed in the league stage

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers, Match 19, Highlights

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Why a steady heartbeat is bad for you

Rohit Sharma ruled out of India-West Indies ODI series

Asian Games 2014: President congratulates Mary Kom, other medal winners

Fashion brands reportedly working on pants with bigger pockets to fit the iPhone 6 Plus

Alia Bhatt goofs-up again, unaware of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s resignation!

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HOB) CLT20 1st Semifinal Preview: Hurricanes look to spoil Knight Riders’ party in Champions League T20 2014

Leaked: Mrunal Jain goes semi nude – view pic!

6 changes that take place in your breasts during pregnancy

NGOs pursue education for all

High Court forms selection committees for Rajasthan cricketers

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here