IPL’19: Bhuvneshwar Kumar captains SRH against KKR at Eden Gardens

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Indian paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced Kane Williamson as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain for their first match of the IPL 2019 against KKR at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Kane Williamson, who led SRH to runners-up finish in 2018, arrived late in Kolkata from New Zealand due to a commitment.

Earlier, SRH head coach Tom Moody had  revealed that skipper Kane Williamson was a doubtful starter.

Williamson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, has joined the orange army but his participation is still a concern.

“It’s not a long term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow,” Moody said.

“We have got quite a few days before our next home game. If he’s not available I don’t see any issues. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) will lead our side since he’s is our vice-captain,” he added.

“Kane is obviously the standing International captain who is admired globally on that platform and what he did with us last year, we felt that it seemed to make sense to continue that continuity,” Moody said.

“Leadership comes in many different fashions and Davey (Warner) still has a leadership role within the group. In the middle with bat in hand and around training and out in the middle when it comes to strategy from over to over. We just felt there was no need to make any change from last year.”

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