Trent Boult Currently Above Dale Steyn - David Warner
Dynamic Australian batsman David Warner, who is leading the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League currently, rates New Zealand’s young sensation Trent Boult above South Africa’s veteran pacer Dale Steyn.
In their two matches of the IPL, Sunrisers have opted for Boult which has left Steyn waiting in the wings but Warner defended the team management’s decision.
Warner, who blazed a 27-ball 57 to guide Sunrisers to their first win of the 2015 IPL season against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), stated that the team combination was chosen according to the conditions.
“The conditions suited him here and suited him in the last game (in Chennai)," he said.
“We just feel at the moment Trent is a bit ahead of Dale.”
Pointing out Boult’s exceptional form in recent times, Warner maintained that it was difficult to keep the left-arm pacer out of the line-up.
“You have to look at someone like Trent Boult,” said Warner.
“He is in fantastic form. Look at the World Cup.”
Boult, the joint highest wicket-taker in the World Cup, has snared four wickets in his first two IPL matches including three in an over against RCB on Monday.
While heaping praise on Boult, Warner asserted that the Sunrisers will surely play Steyn in the IPL season at some point.
“We (will) definitely use Dale throughout the tournament, and (it) helps having Ravi (Bopara) and Moises (Henriques) as international allrounders.”
Despite his sizzling fifty that set up the Sunrisers win, Warner credited his team’s bowling performance for the victory.
Dwelling on the lively conditions that prevailed early on in the match, Warner praised his bowlers for sticking to the basics.
“The bowling was really good, I felt.
“Early on, there was a bit of swing. We knew the ball is going to swing here.
“It was important to execute our skills, and today the bowlers did a fantastic job.”
Terming the pitch at the Chinnaswamy stadium as a decent batting strip, Warner opined that a brilliant performance from his bowlers released the pressure from the batsmen.
“Credit to our bowlers because under 170 made the job a little bit easier for the batsmen.
“Karn Sharma bowled really well, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) bowled beautifully at the death.
“PK (Praveen Kumar) bowled really well and Ravi got a couple of wickets.”
Elaborating on Boult’s lengths, particularly at the death, Warner revealed that it was a part of their ploy which worked eventually.
“Trent bowled short of a length, and we knew if we could get it up around the chest area, we could get some catches.”
Chasing 167 to win, Warner’s knock, studded with six fours and four sixes, enabled Sunrisers to get off to a flier as they rattled up 65 in the first six overs.
From then on, Sunrisers were hardly under pressure as they coasted to a comfortable win and Warner felt that RCB’s indiscipline with the new ball made things easier for his team.
“The way they bowled allowed us to play the way we did.
“We used the swing to our advantage (while bowling).
“To be honest, they didn’t bowl too well in the first four or five overs.
“It allowed us to gain the momentum and we set up the game from there.”
Sunrisers next head to Visakhapatnam for their first home game of the season on 16th April when they take on Rajasthan Royals.
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