When Sunrisers Hyderabad He won the Indian Premier League title in 2016, led by his talisman captain David Warner. However, the Hyderabad-based team lost its captaincy in 2018 when it missed the IPL season following the infamous sandpaper-gate scandal in which New Zealand captain Kane Williamson took over. This year, however, the team management has decided to rejoin the Australian opener as captain, hoping that he can repeat his stunning 2016 performance.
SRH may not be one of the most discussed teams before each season, failing to attract the kind of hype Mumbai Indians Or Chennai Super Kings, but they are one of the most consistent teams to manage to reach the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.
When they claim some of the world’s top batsmen in the form of Warner, Williamson and England opener Johnny Bairstow, it is their bowling line-up that is really a threat to their opposition.
In Rashid Khan And Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Sunrisers have two very intelligent and skilled T20 bowlers who like India’s international players Khalil Ahmed and Siddharth Kaul. On top of all these stars, they also claim Mohammad Nabi, who sits at the top of the ICC rankings for all-rounders in the shortest form of the game.
The team also has some young players to watch out for. Left-handed batsman Virat Singh is known for his tough abilities, while India’s captain, Priyam Garg, is also part of his roster at the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.
Their IPL winning captain is also the biggest threat with the Sunrisers bat. In the four seasons he played for SRH, Warner scored 562, 848, 642 and 692 – ending with the Orange Cap in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The next year formed a disastrous partnership with Johnny Bairstow, he would be looking to lead from the front.
Strike Rate: 142.39
The ice-cool Kiwi captain lost a lot of injury time last season, but will repeat his performance in 2018, when he led the team to the finals, only for Shane Watson’s heroics to rob him of his second title. Williamson scored 735 runs at a strike rate of 142.44 that season and showed why he is considered part of the “Fab 4” of batting in world cricket.
Strike Rate: 135.06
Rashid Khan, the top-ranked bowler in the ICC ratings in T20, is a deadly leg-spinner who has been a key player in the SRH team since his debut in the IPL. He was their star with the ball in 2018, when he entered the final, took 21 wickets and missed just one scalp on the Purple Cap. Khan is not too shabby with the bat, and is also a superb fielder in the deep, making him one of the most important players of SRH.
Best figure: 3/19
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has recently led SRH when Williamson has been injured, is among a crop of Indian fast bowlers who have gained considerable attention recently. While Seimer is well known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, which makes him a threat in the shortest format of the game, he has a wide arsenal of deliveries. From cutters and a deceptive finger-ball to toe-crushing yorkers, Bhubaneswar has a wide range of options and knows when to use them. Seamer won the Purple Cap once again in his title-winning campaign and the following year.
5w / inn: 1
4w / inn: 1
England and Australia may have their rivals when it comes to cricket, but when Johnny Bairstow and David Warner go out to bat for SRH, they hit the storm more and more often. Even though he has played only one season in the IPL, Bairstow averaged 157.24 with an average of 55.62 and a half-century with a century and two half-centuries. Bairstow also provides a quick and secure pair of hands behind the stump.
Strike rate: 157.24
Other squad members:
Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Khalil Ahmed, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Srivats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, T Natarajan, T Natarajan , Sandeep Bawanka, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com
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