Sunrisers Hyderabad Look to Build on Late 2020 Run

Where They finished in IPL 2020:

The Sunrisers Hyderabad finished third in IPL 2020, losing to the Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier.

They had mixed returns in the previous tournament losing stars like Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injury.

The first few matches saw some inconsistency from the team, and though they had a very balanced side, they could not get things going.

Their tournament was opposite to that of Kolkata Knight Riders, who started well but finished poorly.

Things kept getting worse, and at one stage, they failed to chase 126 against the Punjab Kings.

After the painful defeat, Sunrisers Hyderabad found themselves having to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Capitals to qualify.

They found their old consistency and one of the three games to storm into the IPL playoffs.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a very heartful comeback, and the tournament seemed right with their consistency.

They found some beautiful talents and were very settled by the end of the tournament.

The Sunrisers maintained their balance, came into the IPL Auctions with nothing much to add and merely observed the proceedings enjoying their time.

Batting:

The Sunrisers Hyderabad is considered a top-heavy side, with some beautiful openers in David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.

They have now added Jason Roy to strengthen the top order and have Manish Pandey, who has been consistent at number three.

The middle-order is a slightly inexperienced region for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

They have Kane Williamson and Jason Holder, who provide experience in the middle-order, but the remaining players are a little inexperienced.

Priyam Garg showed some promise last season along with Abdul Samad, and the two batsmen are likely to get more game time.

Another experienced middle-order batsman on the side is Vijay Shankar, who will be coming back from injury.

Vijay Shankar has been a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a while and can be a potential.

It will be interesting to see if he finds a spot, though with Garg, and Samad in the side.

Though Sunrisers were relatively sedate in the auctions, they did make a handy buy-in Kedar Jadhav’s form.

With slight middle-order issues, Kedar Jadhav provides the side options despite his poor form in IPL 2020.

Bowling:

Ever since their first season, the Sunrisers have focused on bowling.

They built a strong bowling attack and have a wide range of bowlers, while the field just got more expansive after the Auctions.

The current attack is likely to consist of Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, who will be high on confidence after making his debut in all three formats, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Hyderabad has a new ball specialist and two death specialists in the three pacers, while Kumar can also swing the ball very well.

Along with the three pacers, Sunrisers Hyderabad also has left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and Siddarth Kaul to fill in.

The presence of all-rounder Jason Holder also adds variety as the tall pacer has done an excellent job in IPL 2020, picking up crucial wickets each game.

While the pace attack looks strong, the actual trump card in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad is their leg-spinner, Rashid Khan.

Ever since the leg-spinner made his IPL debut in 2017, he has been a critical member of the XI, and his variations will continue to play a role.

Last season he received support from Shahbaz Nadeem, who is likely to continue in the XI.

However, one of their purchases in the auction may add another dimension to the Sunriser’s side.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad picked up Mujeeb Ur Rahman to complete the Afghanistan spin trio with Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi already on the side.

With Mujeeb doing well in the shorter formats, the Sunrisers may be tempted to give him a go as well.

Young Players to watch out for:

Priyam Garg

Priyam Garg was a consistent member in the side last season and chipped in with a few good knocks.

Following a suitable IPL, Garg was given Uttar Pradesh’s captaincy and did a decent job in the domestic tournaments.

With Sunrisers having a soft middle-order, Garg could be the player that steps up to provide the middle-order impetus.

Abdul Samad

Abdul Samad is another player who bats in the middle-order and is a handy batsman towards the innings.

He played in the back-end of the tournament last season and displayed some of his aggressive batting abilities.

With his aggressive batting known to the Sunrisers management, the batsman may get some more chances to help propel the Sunrisers to a good score.

Predicted XI:

  1. Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
  2. David Warner (c)
  3. Manish Pandey
  4. Kane Williamson
  5. Priyam Garg
  6. Abdul Samad
  7. Jason Holder/ Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  9. Rashid Khan
  10. Shahbaz Nadeem/ Sandeep Sharma
  11. T Natarajan

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.