Formed in 2013 after the liquidation of Deccan Chargers, not many had believed the succeeding franchise from Hyderabad would do good. They had started the season on bang, and made it to the playoffs till they got revamped the next year and bought in some star players. But it didn’t match the standards of their previous season. Now this year again they have released and bought some great players. Let’s take a look at the Sunrisers Hyderabad of the 8th edition of the Pepsi IPL.
Departures : Aaron Finch (MI), Irfan Pathan (CSK), Amit Mishra (DD), Darren Sammy (RCB), Venugopal Rao, Manpreet Juneja, Parameswaran, A Srikanth, Jason Holder, Brendon Taylor, Kevin Pietersen(released)
Arrivals : Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Siddharth Kaul, Hanuma Vihari, Padmanabhan.
David Warner was appointed captain for this season and Sri Lankan spin wizard Mutthiah Muralitharan was appointed bowling consultant, joining VVS Laxman, K Srikanth and Tom Moody in the staff department.
Despite releasing former captain Darren Sammy and T20 ace Aaron Finch, Sunrisers have managed to bag in some great signings, some can be included in the bargain category. They signed the New Zealand duo of Kane Williamson (₹60 Lakh) and Trent Boult (₹3.8 cr,), who had performed exceedingly well in the recently concluded Cricket World Cup. They had also got England T20 specialists in Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan (the former was released due to county commitments), and also adding Indian talents in Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sid Kaul and Hanuma Vihari.
Looking in an overview, Sunrisers have strengthened their already strong bowling by adding Trent Boult and their batting has been good on paper too. However, by picking consistency, they can give tough competition to any team in the IPL.
Here we take a look at how they could line up :-
Shikhar Dhawan : Coming off an impressive World Cup, Shikhar has managed to silence his critics with two centuries in the tournament. However, his consistency hasn’t come into play when he has played for Sunrisers. He has struggled quite a lot to keep a good form. Hope he continues from his World Cup form and play a key role for the Hyderabad franchise
Naman Ojha : The reason he was picked ahead of David Warner in the batting lineup was because of a left hand-right hand contribution needed at the top. Naman could play the role of what Aaron Finch played last season of a destructive opener. He had previously opened for Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals and had contributed greatly at that position. If he fails, SRH can swap his position with Lokesh Rahul regularly.
David Warner : The Captain of the side, also known as the pocket size dynamite, is widely reputed for his destructive batting in the shorter formats of the game. He has done well on every occasion playing for any team and was the leading run scorer for the Sunrisers last season. There’s no way keeping him our of the team, unless he picks up an injury.
Kane Williamson : The Kiwi was termed as the bargain of the season. And could prove the faith paid by his team right by some good performances. He is known to be a very classical strokey batsman. Unfortunate for Kane, he might have to leave due to International commitments at the end stages of the tournament, SRH can use Eouin Morgan to cover up his loss.
Lokesh Rahul : The Karnataka lad has been in the form of his life, scoring a century in his only second test in Australia followed by a Triple ton in Ranji, there’s no way stopping him. He had shown a lot of promise last season for Hyderabad and would like to continue on it.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla : The seasoned veteran, who has a handful experience in this format, would help fill in the spot of the allrounder. He can give an edge both with the bat and the ball. He is alternated by Parvez Rasool.
Karn Sharma : The impressive leggie, capped for the Indian test team late last year, is one of the main bowlers in the bowling line up. Known as the only frontline spinner of the team, he can be handy at crucial stages of the games.
Dale Steyn : He has been the mainstay for the Hyderabad franchise since 2011. The most experienced bowler in the team and can pick up crucial wickets at crucial stages.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar : The highest wicket taker for the Sunrisers last season, there can be no way Bhuvi will be kept out of the team. He had played only one game in the recently concluded World Cup, but will be hungry for more wickets and can threat the batsmen with his swings.
Trent Boult : Another Kiwi coming off the World Cup, he was the highest wickettaker in the tournament. Would give an extra edge of pace to the team and would compete with Dale Steyn for the death overs
Ishant Sharma : The tall paceman was unfortunately injured and pulled out of the World Cup. His contribution will be key for SRH’s already dangerous bowling, alternating to Praveen Kumar.
They begin their IPL campaign against Chennai Super Kings on the 11th of April. Let’s see how the tournament fares for them.