Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner on Wednesday called Chepauk’s ground “shocking” after his side finally scripted a successful four-game chase for their first win of the IPL season.
The Sunrisers lost three matches trotting on the track at MA Chidambaram Stadium, which has a reputation for helping the spinners. The site has seen plenty of stick meltdowns this season.
On Wednesday, however, SRH had the final say by chasing a small goal of 120, set by the Punjab Kings, in 18.4 overs to break their three-game losing streak.
Warner criticized the box office but avoided blaming the Tories.
“To be honest, it’s shocking,” Warner said in a virtual press conference after his team took a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Punjab.
“It looks horrible on TV, but we have to pay tribute to the Conservatives. They’ve had a lot of cricket here so it’s very, very difficult for them to get that wicket. Since I started playing in Chennai, it’s always been there, but it’s very difficult for them.
The Chepauk track has played host to a lot of cricket in recent months, with India facing England in two test matches in February, followed by the ongoing IPL‘s first leg.
“It’s not their fault (the Conservatives) that the wicket is like this. You had the Indian Test series against England and the same in Australia, we had a lot of games on the same grounds so the Tories have a very tough job, ”Warner said.
“As players we know what to do, there are no excuses. It is not ideal but at the end of the day we are grateful to go and play on these wickets because it is very difficult for them, they have no rest. We have to be professionals and adapt. “
The Australian also revealed that fashion designer T Natarajan had missed out on the last two games for SRH due to a knee injury.
“He obviously has pain in his knee. Given the circumstances in these bubbles, if he’s going to do a scan, he obviously has to sit down for seven days and go back to quarantine, so we’re just watching for now, ”Warner said.
“Physiotherapists do their best to analyze, but he obviously has to have a scan at some point.”
Left arm spinner Abhishek Sharma impressed with his two wickets after SRH handed him the first of innings.
“There wasn’t really a thought behind it. We were in the circle there and I just told Abhishek ‘you passed first’, ”Warner said.
Sharma could have had a wicket if Rashid Khan hadn’t dropped opener Mayank Agarwal in the deep midwicket.
“I just had a gut instinct (because) they were from Wankhede and it was a good ticket out there. I was like “you know what, you might as well throw the ball at him and see how he’s doing.”
“These two guys like the pace on the new ball, so I just figured I’ll bring Abhishek and we almost had a wicket at first,” Warner said.