The Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad team had a season to forget as they were below-par during the Indian T20 League 2022. Their inconsistent run left them in such a scenario where almost all the experts and pundits started to criticize the orange army. As a result, they could only win six of their 14 games in the season. They ended in the eighth position on the points table, just above Chennai and Mumbai. Here are the reasons why Hyderabad failed to win Indian T20 League 2022.
After losing the first two games in the season, Hyderabad went on a five-match winning streak. However, it all went downhill for the orange army after that. They could not chase down targets, which hampered their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. In their next seven games, Hyderabad could only manage one win. Had they given better performances in the second half, they would have been able to qualify for the knockout stages.
Captain failing to lead from the front
A captain’s responsibility is to not only make tactical adjustments or motivate other players, but to also perform well and lead the team from the front. The otherwise reliable Kane Williamson was unable to do that for his team this time. In 13 matches this season, the Kiwi player scored just 216 runs at an average of 19.64. He also had a poor strike rate of just 93.5. He opened the innings for the majority of the season, but never showed the right intent.
Too much reliance on young players
This season, the Hyderabad team relied heavily on its young players, with most of their older players falling short. With the exception of Aiden Markram, no senior player made a significant impact on the team. Players like Umran Malik, Abhishek Sharma, and Rahul Tripathi, on the other hand, played a significant part for the 2016 winners this season. The team would hope for these players to keep up their good work and play a similar role for them next season.