IPL 2021 Team Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL. The Orange Army was a late entrant in the league. However, they already have one championship to their name in their brief existence. The Sunrisers captured the IPL title under David Warner’s leadership during the 2016 season.

SRH won their maiden IPL title way back in 2016 under the captaincy of David Warner but never won the title since then. In Last year’s IPL, they didn’t start well in the competition but they managed to qualify for the playoffs eventually lost to Delhi capitals in the second qualifiers.

A regular name in the playoffs for the last 5 editions, SRH is regarded as a powerhouse and probably the 2nd most well-balanced team (after MI) when considering the two main departments, batting, and bowling. Known for its economical spells (credit to Rashid Khan and quality pacers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandip Sharma) and batting powerhouses like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson, SRH at the end of the first half of IPL 2021 found themselves amidst all things wrong. Currently, at the bottom of the points table, SRH has managed to have won only one out of the seven matches they were able to play.

Kane Williamson, who is now captain of the Sunrisers, is understood to have once again readily stepped in for the sake of the team without placing any conditions. The final call to change the captaincy mid-season was taken by the Sunrisers’ team management comprising Tom Moody (team director), Trevor Bayliss (head coach), and the two mentors in VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Team Stats:

Batting:

Most Runs: David Warner (3819)

Most 100s: David Warner (2)

Most 50s: David Warner (38)

Best Batting Average: David Warner (52.31)

Best Strike Rate: Ben Cutting (193.33)

Most 6’s: David Warner (137)

Highest Individual Score: David Warner (126)

Bowling:

Most Wickets: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (112)

Best Bowling Figures: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/19)

Most 5-wicket Hauls: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1)

Most 4-wicket Hauls: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) 

Strengths: 

Sunrisers Hyderabad has hardly been disappointed by their opening batsmen. The duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow performed exceptionally in 2019. Then it was Wriddhiman Saha who shone for the franchise in 2020. Kane Williamson has been a force to reckon with in the IPL as the New Zealand skipper has proved why he’s one of the best in the business. Team management would, once again, want the opening batsmen to lay down a robust foundation for the middle and lower order.

Rashid Khan has never failed to make a mark ever since he debuted for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017. The Afghan leg-spinner picked 20 wickets in 16 games last season, going at just 5.37 runs per over. Another good season for the 22-year-old will ensure a good run for the franchise in IPL 2021. Moreover, the IPL 2016 champions will also be looking forward to benefiting from the services of newly recruited Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Weaknesses: 

A weak middle-order has time and again troubled Sunrisers Hyderabad. Inexperienced young Indian batsmen Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, and Abdul Samad will have to punch above their weight and play a supporting role in the middle-order.

The franchise would also want their fresh recruit Kedar Jadhav and seasoned campaigner Manish Pandey to do justice to their big names and deliver for the team regularly. However, given Kedar Jadhav has never scored over 300 in an IPL season, the middle woes may continue to haunt the franchise. 

Way Forward For The 2nd Half:

So how can SRH make a comeback in the remaining fixture? The first thing first…reinstate Warner in the playing XI. The man might not have played by his set standard this season, but he still can and most probably will pack a punch when his time comes.

The next thing they can look into is providing the backup for Rashid Khan to effectively use him and lookout for someone who can fill in the shoes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar when the time comes. Sticking to the playing 11 with a properly assigned role has been the success key for SRH over the years and which was lacking this time.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Full Squad for IPL 2021:

David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Full Schedule For IPL 2021 Second Phase:

SRH is left with seven games to play in the second leg of IPL 2021. They will play three games at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and two each in Sharjah and Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad will start their UAE campaign against Delhi Capitals on 22nd September 2021.

22-09-2021 – Dubai – Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 7.30 pm

25-09–2021 – Sharjah – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings, 7.30 pm

27-09–2021 – Dubai – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30 pm

30-09–2021 – Sharjah – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings, 7.30 pm

03-10–2021 – Dubai – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 7.30 pm

06-10–2021 – Abu Dhabi – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 7.30 pm

08-10–2021 – Abu Dhabi – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, 3.30 pm 

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