Sunrisers Hyderabad, the 2016 champions, are a shell of their former selves. They had a public spat with their best player (David Warner), who also happened to be their skipper, which only drew negative attention to the team. Later, when it came time to choose their team at the mega auctions, they made a major blunder.
With two new clubs joining the league this year, they’ll have to play their hearts out to keep up with the competition in the second half of the standings. They simply lack the firepower to deal with major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. For the majority of this tournament, which will last over two months, SRH is likely to be in the second half.
Hyderabad was in a pickle up to 2020. Warner and Jonny Bairstow, their opening batters, quickly built big connections. They (and Rashid) became automatic choices as a result of this. That left Hyderabad in a bind: if they went with Kane Williamson (captain and 2018 Orange Cap winner), they wouldn’t be able to select a second overseas bowler. And they’d have to give up one of Bairstow or Williamson to get Jason Holder or Mohammad Nabi.
That wasn’t all, either. When Warner, Bairstow, and Williamson were all on the field, the batting was too top-heavy, and the middle order did not appear to be intimidating. Even if Holder or Nabi bowled alongside Rashid, the bowling was inexperienced, especially the pace bowling.
The bowling lineup at SRH is amazing! T Natrajan, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, and Umran Malik are just a few of the many names that come to mind. After taking care of the pace department, the management team did an excellent job in securing Washington Sundar as their top spinner.
In addition, Shreyas Gopal and J Suchith will be behind him. They have an exceptional man-manager in Kane Williamson, who will be asked to anchor an inexperienced middle-order. With his six-hitting powers and ability to stun opponents, Nicholas Pooran could be the one-man army the squad needs.
The team management would have been encouraged by Bhuvneshwar’s improved form during India’s home season. Marco Jansen, who caused a lot of problems for the Indians during their tour of South Africa, should also make an appearance. After that, they can choose from two legitimately quick Indian bowlers, Kartik Tyagi and Umran Malik, or T Natarajan, who can strangle batsmen with left-arm yorkers in the final overs.
Washington Sundar, who can bowl inside the Powerplay and bat higher in the order, will round up the attack. They can always choose Shreyas Gopal, who can also bat if a second spinner is required (there are roughly four batsmen who can bowl spin currently).
There are a lot of them. In the middle order, the team lacks consistency. Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma, for example, are inexperienced. They are, in a way, unproven commodities. They’re not alone, with people like Saurabh Dube.
Aiden Markram and Glenn Phillips are good cricketers, but they have yet to reach their full potential in franchise cricket. Now the question is who will be Kane’s opener. Can the middle order be left to the likes of Priyam Garg and Aiden Markram if the skipper opens? The batting order appears to be in flux.