Brian Lara, the legendary West Indies batsman and current head coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, has stated that he has not been able to control his emotions during the Indian Premier League. Notably, after losing to Gujarat Titans on May 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the Aiden Markram-led squad is eliminated from the qualification contest. Lara defended himself regarding their season by stating that it was his first year as an IPL head coach.
In addition, Lara stated that it has been quite challenging for them to travel to various venues and comprehend the conditions. Meanwhile, the 54-year-old stated that he expects the players to rectify their errors and return to the tournament as stronger cricketers for the next edition. Therefore, getting things perfect in every aspect of the game is a considerable challenge.
First and foremost, this is my first year (as head coach of an IPL team),” Lara was quoted by NDTV as stating.
“Not grasping the emotions of an IPL season, especially when we returned to traveling to different venues and discovering different playing surfaces. Our previous year consisted of three to four venues (due to Covid-19 and the bio-bubble environment), so there is a significant difference. “As a coach, understanding how attentive you must be to what’s going on is a meticulous endeavor to get things right continuously,” he added.
As a group, we were incapable of meeting expectations: Lara
Brian Lara, commenting on the team’s performance thus far in the competition, noted that Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma have not had the same impact as they did in 2022. In addition, Lara reiterated that they have a strong roster on paper, but the players did not live up to expectations.
“Players like Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma, who scored more than 400 runs (each) last year, are struggling a tad this season. However, it is not just one or two athletes, nor is it only Indian players. I believe that, as a group, we were unable to meet expectations. “On paper, this looks like a respectable batting order, but we just weren’t able to perform consistently enough,” the legendary West Indian concluded.