Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2019
Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Delhi Capitals in Eliminator (AFP Photo)

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman has termed the team’s defeat to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 Eliminator as the one that summarised their entire campaign this season.

SRH posted competitive 162/8 in Vizag but failed to defend the total with DC posting a thrilling two-wicket win in the last over to enter Qualifier 2.

SRH qualified for the playoffs as they became the first team to enter the stage after managing just 12 points. Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab also had 12 points each but the 2016 champions edged ahead on account of a better net run-rate.

“Sunrisers Hyderabad’s defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals, and subsequent elimination from IPL 2019, was symbolic of our entire campaign,” Laxman wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday. “We weren’t necessarily at our best, but we kept scrapping and battling and, in the end, we fell just short. There are learnings from this campaign that we will take on board, and come better prepared to try and fulfil the expectations of our fans.”

Laxman also felt SRH were 10-15 runs short of what would have been a winning total saying failing to maintain the rhythm in the middle-overs cost them dearly.

“We have excellent players of spin, so it was more a case of approach than skills that let us down. We found momentum towards the end to post a competitive total, but like in previous games where a very tepid middle was sandwiched between a blazing start and a good finish, I felt we were about 10-15 runs short,” he observed.

Laxman praised DC youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant for their fearless approach

“I was impressed with the fearlessness with which he (Shaw) struck the ball despite being dropped, which is another of the ills that plagued our run throughout the season,” he wrote.

He added, “The dangerous Rishabh Pant was still around, and he showcased his ability with a savage assault on Basil Thampi. As painful as it was to be at the receiving end, it was also exhilarating to see Rishabh take on the bowlers. He is clearly the future of Indian cricket, and it pleased me no end to witness the maturity he showed, though he will be disappointed that he wasn’t around to finish off the job.”