Kane Williamson – who was the orange cap holder two years ago with SRH – could miss out on the IPL opener on Monday against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sharjah, feels ex-New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris. Styris feels with David Warner making a comeback in the side after the suspension, Williamson will sit out to give the side the balance.Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: Shahrukh Khan, Faf du Plessis to Quinton de Kock, Dwayne Bravo; Stars MS Dhoni's CSK Will Target

“Kane Williamson sits out, I know he is the orange cap holder two years ago when Warner was serving his suspension for the year, but I just think with the balance of that side, they have got a proven David Warner,” Styris said Star Sports’ show Game Plan. Also Read - IPL 2022: KL Rahul Will Emerge As a Phenomenal Leader, Says Sanjiv Goenka

Styris also said that Warner and Virat Kohli are among the two best batsmen in the world currently and the Australian also has a good bond with England’s Jonny Bairstow and hence the two of them will open. Also Read - IPL 2022: Ahmedabad Pick Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill; Lucknow Choose KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi

“He, along with Kohli, have been the two-best batsman in this competition for many years now. His leadership is terrific. I think he really buys into as well the culture and the group of SRH. So, I think Bairstow’s performance last year and the relationship he has with Warner at the top. They just seem to gel and sink nicely,” he added.

The franchise is clearly facing a problem of plenty, but again, that is a good situation to be in.


Both sides will look to get their campaign off to a winning start as momentum would be crucial in a long tournament like the IPL. A cliffhanger can be expected from the two dark horses of the tournament. For RCB, they will have a lot to play for as they are one of the franchises that has never won the coveted title.