Who will Williamson replace in SRH Playing XI?

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SRH Playing XI vs RCB in IPL 2021: If one thing David Warner’s Orange Army lacked after resting Kane Williamson in their opening fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders was batting depth. For the last two seasons, Hyderabad has struggled with its middle-order. And the best way out of this dilemma is Williamson at the top order, hence playing with a long batting line-up.

SRH Playing XI vs RCB in IPL 2021: How will Kane Williamson benefit David Warner & Co

Williamson is part of current generations ‘Fab 4’, alongside Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Joe Root. Among a host of virtues, he brings consistency and composure. He might be a natural Test batsman, but his prowess to adapt to any style of cricket has been on display on multiple occasions.

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  • In IPL, his average is nearly 40 with a strike rate of 134. To put it in perspective, Virat ‘Run Machine’ Kohli’s strike rate in IPL is 130.
  • Just like the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Williamson loves playing classical cricketing shots. Of late, he has also added a variety of sweeps too.
  • He also provides composure in an otherwise explosive SRH batting line-up, which plays an important role while chasing.
  • Also, with a cricketing mind like his, Warner would be happy to pick his mind during difficult situations.

SRH Playing XI vs RCB in IPL 2021: But where would Kane Williamson fit?

Ideally, as an opener, where he could fully take advantage of powerplay without undue risks, he would be a perfect partner for a power-hitter like David Warner. If Williamson moves up, it would naturally push other a spot down.

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However, it would keep changing as per the match situations. But with him in the scheme of things, there is some dept. Wriddhiman Saha will become SRH’s No.3, followed by Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow. It would avoid the situation of a humdrum Mohammad Nabi walking in at No 5.

Furthermore, if the team management decides to play a more aggressive style of cricket with power-hitters in the top order, Williamson can also be used as an anchor at No.4.

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Team director Trevor Bayliss felt Williamson needed “some extra time in the nets”, alluding to rustiness. Moreover, Bayliss pitted him as a direct competitor to Jonny Bairstow. “He would have played in place of Jonny Bairstow if that would have occurred. But we weren’t too perturbed about that. Jonny has been in form obviously recently in white-ball cricket here in India. And obviously showed in how he batted well tonight,” he said.

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SRH Playing XI vs RCB in IPL 2021: Can SRH play both Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow together?

In order to make this happen, SRH will have to drop Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. While it would weaken their bowling, but will give SRH a long batting tail. Furthermore, if Vijay Shankar could get more effective with his medium pace and young Abdul Samad throw a few overs of leg-breaks, Nabia could be replaced by Williamson.

SRH Playing XI vs RCB in IPL 2021 (LIKELY): 

David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi/Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma

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