Muttiah Muralitharan assured that he was satisfied with Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH's) overall performance this season © BCCI
Muttiah Muralitharan assured that he was satisfied with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH’s) overall performance this season © Getty Images (File Photo)

Having been knocked out for being in contention to play the final and defend the title, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who suffered a seven-wicket loss against former champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 playoffs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadiun in Bengaluru on Wednesday, have still nothing to lose. SRH coach Muttiah Muralitharan assured that he was satisfied with his team’s overall performance this season, while he also added that had the game been a complete 20-over game, the chances would have been more for SRH, and things could have been different. However, he said that when it comes to rain interruption, there’s no one to be exactly blamed for. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 2017 Playoffs, Eliminator at Bengaluru

“I think overall if you see, the Bengaluru wicket this year was very low scoring. I though 130 is a par score at Bengaluru, and we thought we had a good chance of defending that total, because wicket was so hard that it was spinning too much up and down. In addition, I think with more runs on the board and if you take two or three wickets in a 20-over game, we would have had a better chance than playing a six-over game, because 10 wickets in hand along with some moisture, the ball skids a lot. It is all part and parcel of the game because they [KKR] won the toss and they deserve to win,” said Muralitharan during the post-match press conference. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 2017 Playoffs, Eliminator at Bengaluru

“The wicket is not that great to play shots here [Bengaluru], because if you had played your shots, you would have been bowled out for 70-80 runs. We were thinking about putting 140 runs in the total, and if we had a 20-over game, we had the bowling to defend. Unfortunately, we were 10 runs short. They bowled well as well. Therefore, in a similar manner, if we had taken two or three wickets early, even they would have struggled. We have all seen on this wicket this season, even while defending 130, teams have won. Unfortunately, it was the rain, which you cannot complain about, and you need to move on because they played better. We had a very good season and we played well. However, unfortunately you need to go out sometimes when you are in the knockouts. Therefore, unfortunately this year is not our year. We will make sure if we can build the same team next year, comeback and fight for the trophy,” he added.

“We all preferred a 20-over game. We never expected it to rain. So unfortunately, these things happen. Cricket is all about its unpredictability. Anybody can win; anybody can lose at a time. Our batsmen batted well, the bowlers, who were picked in the auction, did well as well. Therefore, we are satisfied with our players along with our performance as well. We also won eight matches or something, while we just lost five matches, along with this loss. We won it last year, and that is not going to happen everytime. Every team tries hard. Therefore, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We take it on the chin and say ‘Ok, it’s not our year’. I also congratulate all the players who played really well for us,” he continued.

“We are all disappointed of not getting through, but overall we are happy with our performance. You cannot count on one loss. How well we have played, and how well our players have performed, I am very happy with it. The coaches are also very happy, and so are the players, because there were some great performances this year. Nevertheless, we will have our chances in the future and we should make sure that we give our best, which was not good enough today. Therefore, next time we are surely going to try harder,” he concluded.