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Abhishek Sharma credits SRH’s supportive environment for the success of IPL

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s dynamic opener Abhishek Sharma has hailed the team’s supportive atmosphere and strategic mindset as crucial factors behind his remarkable performance in the IPL 2024 season.

After their impressive 10-wicket win over Lucknow Super Giants, Abhishek highlighted the role played by skipper Pat Cummins and the coaching staff in fostering an enabling environment for players to excel.

“Our support staff and Pat (Cummins), the way they think, I’ve never seen anyone else think like that,” Abhishek noted during the JioCinema Match Center Live. He highlighted the team management’s encouragement to play with freedom and aggression, which he attributed to his success on the field.

Abhishek’s explosive batting style was a standout feature of SRH’s campaign, with the 23-year-old amassing 401 runs from 12 matches with an extraordinary strike rate of 205. He attributed his approach to his experiences in domestic cricket, particularly the Syed Mushtaq. Ali Trophy, where he played a crucial role in Punjab’s title triumph.

Teaming up with Travis Head, Abhishek formed a formidable opening partnership, breaking numerous batting records throughout the season. He praised Head’s spin bowling prowess, citing the Australian’s exceptional ability to dominate the opposition.

“I don’t think anyone plays spin better than Travis,” Abhishek noted, acknowledging his teammate’s exceptional skills.

Reflecting on their strategy against the Lucknow Super Giants bowlers, Abhishek revealed their meticulous plans to counter the variations of the opposition pacers. “Travis and I were going to play it like you would hit a spinner with the spin,” he explained.

(With inputs from PTI)