T Natarajan not playing: Sunrisers Hyderabad have made as many as four changes to their Playing XI for tonight’s match.
During the ninth match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and chose to bat.
“We are gonna bat first. Very hard to predict, looks a good track but we will only get to know as the game progresses. Looks a bit sluggish though. We have made one change. We understand the conditions and it’s very important to back your skills. Last game was good for us,” Sharma told Star Sports during the toss.
Coming on the back of a 10-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, Indians have made a solitary change in their Playing XI by bringing in Adam Milne for Marco Jansen.
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Much like Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner also wanted to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium especially after losing the first two matches while chasing at the same venue.
“We would’ve batted first for sure. All four wickets look exactly the same here. We know what we are gonna do here. We have been in this position before,” Warner told Star Sports during the toss.
Unlike Mumbai, Hyderabad have made as many as four changes for this match. “We have made four changes. Can’t remember the names, gotta look at the team-sheet,” Warner said during the toss not revealing the rationale behind the changes.
#SRH make 4 changes in the team. New tactics or panic?
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Apart from handing respective debuts to batsman Virat Singh and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sunrisers have also included all-rounder Abhishek Sharma and pacer Khaleel Ahmed. Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounder Jason Holder, spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and pacer T. Natarajan have been made to sit out tonight.
While the others have played in the IPL before, Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh will be playing his first match in the biggest T20 league. In 61 T20s, the 23-year old left-hand batsman has scored 1,802 runs at an average and strike rate of 37.54 and 127.53 respectively which comprises of one century and 11 half-centuries.
UPDATE: Sunrisers Hyderabad Director of Cricket disclosed during an on-field interview that they have benched T. Natarajan to manage his workload tonight.