The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has so far seen many things – be it run-fest, a nail-biting thriller or a final over finish. However, the 9th match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) has started with a twist. SRH made as many as four changes- Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Khaleel Ahmed came in place of Wriddhiman Saha, Jason Holder, Shahbaz Nadeem and T Natarajan.
Although the changes were a bit surprising to many, one thing that grabbed the attention was the absence of yorker specialist T Natarajan. Natarajan was a part of playing XI in the first two matches of SRH where although he claimed 2 wickets, he was bit expensive too. His spell read – (4-0-37-1) and (4-0-32-1) respectively. While many thought, to face a mighty side like Mumbai Indians, the team management has decided to drop him and give others a chance, Tom Moody confirmed that he has been rested for workload management.
Tom Moody confirms Natarajan is rested for workload.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 17, 2021
However, this could be something else too!
#SRH make 4 changes in the team. New tactics or panic?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 17, 2021
On the other hand, batsman Virat Singh and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman made their debut for SRH, while all-rounder Abhishek Sharma and pacer Khaleel Ahmed have returned too. Notably, this is the first IPL game for the Jharkhand player. In 61 T20s, the left-handed batsman has scored 1,802 runs which came at an average and strike rate of 37.54 and 127.53 respectively which included one hundred and 11 fifties as well.