Hyderabad which won the Ranji Trophy twice, the last being in the 1986-87 season had a disastrous start in 2019-20, losing the first three matches. The Tanmay Agarwal-led side did make a comeback and opened their account with an impressive six-wicket win over Kerala in their fourth match.
However, Hyderabad need to win at least three of their next four matches and increase their run rate to stand a chance to make it to the semifinals.
A total of five teams from combined Elite Group A & B can qualify into the last four. Hyderabad will have to fight it out against the likes of last year’s runner-up Karnataka, an in-form Andhra side, previous year’s winner Vidarbha in their next matches, making it a tough task.
Hyderabad need to take it one game at a time and their batsmen will have to step up to complement their impressive bowling unit. Hyderabad openers Akshath Reddy, the last season’s top run-getter with 797 runs and left-hander Tanmay Agarwal are yet to contribute big. It may also be recalled that Hyderabad are yet to score 300 runs even once this season.
The controversial exit of their white ball captain and former Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu indicates that all is not well within their team. During the last practice session, Hyderabad Cricket Association president and former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin had to don the coaching role as the team was dismissed below 100 runs in two consecutive matches against Delhi and Punjab respectively. In short, a top four finish seems a distant dream right now.