Brian Lara, the current head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad and a legendary West Indies batter, expressed his struggle in dealing with the emotions associated with the Indian Premier League.
After Sunrisers Hyderabad’s elimination from the qualification race following their loss to Gujarat Titans, Lara defended himself, citing it as his first year as an IPL coach. He acknowledged the difficulties they faced in traveling to different venues and adapting to the varying conditions.
Lara emphasized the importance of the players learning from their mistakes. And becoming better cricketers in the next edition of the tournament. He acknowledged the challenges involved in getting all aspects of the game right.
“Not getting to grips with the emotions of going through an IPL season, especially when we were back to travelling to different venues and finding out different surfaces. Our last year was based on 3-4 venues (due to Covid-19 and bio-bubble environment). So there is a huge difference in that. As a coach, an appreciation of how much you have to pay attention to what’s going on is a meticulous task to get things right continuously,”
As a unit, we were unable to match up to what was expected: Lara
Brian Lara discussed the underwhelming performances of players like Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma. Stating that they failed to replicate their success from the previous season. He emphasized that although they have a talented squad, the players couldn’t meet the anticipated standards.
“The likes of Rahul Tripathi or Abhishek Sharma, who scored runs last year in excess of 400 (each) find themselves struggling a bit this year. But it’s not just one or two players, it’s not just the Indian players. I feel that, as a unit, we were unable to match up to what was expected. If you look on paper I would think that this is a respectable batting lineup. We just weren’t able to come to the party enough times,”
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