The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have struggled in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Their inexperienced middle-order has been exposed more often than not and the injuries to the players like Mitchell Marsh and Kane Williamson haven’t helped either. To take care of the problem, David Warner, the SRH skipper, himself batted at four in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
However, the fans and experts are left baffled over the fact that the management hasn’t used Mohammad Nabi at all barring from one match. The Afghanistan all-rounder is known to hit some lusty blows down the order and gives four economical overs more often than not.
But the restriction of four overseas players keeps him on the bench. The likes of Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan pick themselves and it has always been a toss-up between Kane Williamson and Nabi. But given the poor middle-order, SRH preferred the Kiwi skipper in the XI who did well too.
Why not Mohammad Nabi when Williamson is not playing?
However, Wiliamson got injured and couldn’t get fit in time for the game against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday and SRH again didn’t pick Mohammad Nabi in the line-up. Instead, they went with Jason Holder, the all-rounder, who also took the new ball. The move also left the commentators confused as Nabi is an experienced player in the shortest format and came off a good Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season as well.
Even at the start of the IPL, SRH preferred to pick Mitchell Marsh ahead of the Afghanistan veteran which was surprising for many. With a place in the playoff at stake, the management should’ve picked the off-spinning all-rounder as he would’ve done well on the slow pitches of UAE. In the only game he played this season, Mohammad Nabi bowled four overs and gave away only 23 runs without picking up a wicket.
He was dropped in the next game itself as Williamson was fit and available and has warmed the bench ever since. But the fans were livid to not see him play against the Royals on Thursday.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
We have a match-winner on our bench. President Nabi. But we want to try Holder out. Brainfade.
— Tan | KKR 💜| SRH 🧡 (@Puneri_mulgi_) October 22, 2020
— Praveen 🏏 (@robinvan8) October 22, 2020
— Azєєм тнє Aνєиgєя (@AzeemQuraishi13) October 22, 2020
#SRH have gone for Jason Holder ahead of Fabian Allen and Mohammad Nabi… interesting call.
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) October 22, 2020
Wonder, if Nabi would have been a better choice for #SRH He can take wickets, stem runs and doesn't take long to settle before starts aiming for the boundaries. Holder has been top form for Windies in the longer formats, but hasn't set T20s on fire #RRvSRH #SRHvsRR #Dream11IPL
— Arjun Chaudhuri (@arjunchaudhuri) October 22, 2020
Pretty dumb not having Nabi to come in and bowl at Stokes here classic SRH this year not that fussed
— David Brent loves IPL (@DavidBrentIPL) October 22, 2020
Idk what problem SRH has with Nabi playing
— Zahra (@paavambitch) October 22, 2020
Holder instead of Nabi? SRH loss loading in 1,2,3..
— Abhinandan Nahata (@cricketgyani_an) October 22, 2020
— Satwik Kodangal Varala (@satwik507) October 22, 2020
sir is this right to give chance for Jason holder but still Mohammad nabi is In the team#starniadugu
— SRIKANTH V (@SRIKANT78032792) October 22, 2020
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 22, 2020
Which team needs Mohammad Nabi more than #SRH ?
— Manish #MI (@iHitman55) October 22, 2020
Amazed Nabi hasn’t got more game time. Quality off spinner and can launch it at the back end of an innings (an area SRH have really struggled with!) 🤷🏼♂️
— Scott Irvine (@sirvine94) October 22, 2020
When will Nabi play? #SRH
— Amrit Mishra (@BadmaasToka) October 22, 2020
Bring back Nabi. He is true match winner for SRH.
— Vinod (@Vinod119911) October 22, 2020
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