New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was named the captain of SunRisers Hyderabad after tainted Australian cricketer David Warner was banned from the ongoing season of Indian Premier League in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
Talking to reporters about Warner, Kane said it’s “impossible” for anyone, including Alex Hales (who was named Warner’s replacement by Hyderabad), to be a replacement for the explosive Aussie opener in the T20 team’s setup.
When Williamson was asked about England’s Alex Hales, he said, “I don’t think it’s a matter of replacing David Warner. I think that’s probably an impossible thing to do. He is one of the best T20 batters in the world and for this franchise in the last few years.”
Warner was slapped with a one-year ban by Cricket Australia owing to his involvement in ball tampering during a Test in South Africa in March.
Sunrisers overcame the loss of Warner in style, savouring more success than failures, to claim the top spot in the pecking order along with Chennai Super Kings.
“It’s nice to be on top of the table. But at the same time, I mentioned a number of times that we want to keep seeing those improvements, keep adapting to the different surfaces that we would be faced with in every game,” Williamson said during a media interaction.
Eyeing a playoffs berth, Sunrisers face a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
SRH would like to take each game as it comes, the New Zealander said.
Williamson, who has been impressive both as a captain and batsman for SRH, said he was focused on contributing his best for the team.
“The RCB side, they are fantastic. There are a number of teams in the competition that haven’t come away with wins like they would have wanted to.
“A lot of those teams have lost really close games and things can be very different in T20 cricket. We know they are a very strong team with some of the best players in the world,” he said, empathising with RCB.
He lauded SRH players Shikhar Dhawan, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul and Wriddhiman Saha for their performances in the tournament.
-With PTI inputs.