IPL 2023: The 2016 IPL winner, Sunrisers Hyderabad, didn’t have a great start to the 16th edition of the league. Aiden Markram and his men are placed in the second-last position on the points table, at 9th place. SRH has only won three games out of the eight they have played and has six points and an NRR of -0.577. A promising team that has a really good bowling attack and also has some big overseas stars, but the performance has been below average.

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However, the Orange Army won their last game against the Delhi Capitals by nine runs in a high-scoring clash. It was young opener Abhishek Sharma who gave the team a great start with a firing fifty, which laid the foundation for a big total. SRH went on to score 197/6 and restrict DC to 188/6 to win by nine runs. Abhishek was the top scorer with 67 runs off 36 balls, including 12 fours and one six.

IPL 2023: “Abhishek should continue batting at the top of the order”- Zaheer Khan

IPL 2023: “Good Side on Paper, but They Are Not Producing Best Results”- Zaheer Khan Khan on SRH's Struggle
IPL 2023: “Good Side on Paper, but They Are Not Producing Best Results”- Zaheer Khan Khan on SRH’s Struggle

Notably, SRH has tried various opening combinations so far. They have also tried Harry Brook to open with Mayank Agarwal, but it didn’t help out. Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan lauded Abhishek for his match-winning half-century against DC and said that he is best when he plays at the top. In a discussion on Jio Cinema, Zaheer said that SRH has made a lot of mistakes that have cost them so far. He also said that the Sunrisers need to do something extraordinary to bounce back in this competition. Zaheer said,

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“Abhishek should continue batting at the top of the order. Brook’s promotion to the top earlier had led to a lot of confusion in their ranks. Even today, I reiterate that SRH are a very good side on paper, but they are not producing the best results and that has to do with something unrelated to cricket. How you approach games, the decisions you make are a big part of IPL.”

SRH is struggling with the form of its star players. Brook has only scored 163 runs in 8 innings at a below-par average and strike rate of 23.29 and 125.38, respectively. With the win against DC, the Orange Army has collected two important points on the table. They can’t afford any more losses in the competition. SRH will now face KKR in their next game on May 4 at home.

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