WinDaddy has unveiled every granular strengths about their champion squad of Sunrisers Hyderabad who are going to have a power play with their top order in full form.The team selectors right at the auction stage have left nothing to chance and have picked up players both from global and domestic spectrum for the International class cricket frenzy.
Sunrisers have an enviable selection of top-order batsmen. Last season, overseas stars Warner, Bairstow and Williamson struck a combined 1,210 runs, including 10 half-centuries, 109 fours and 37 sixes. Saha made four excellent cameo appearances, scoring 30, 87, 39 and 58 not out, while Manish Pandey, batting at number three, scored three 50-plus knocks of his own on his way to amassing 425 runs in 16 appearances.
They’ve also added Jason Roy – who has a career strike rate of 142.47 in T20 cricket – to their squad as an exciting late replacement for Mitchell March while Singh is an explosive youngster, albeit a little inexperienced.
They demonstrated the depth and versatility of their top four last season – swapping Bairstow for Saha, and trialling Williamson as an opener before exploiting his talents at No.4 – and can be expected to post some big scores again in 2021 if their big guns fire
WinDaddy has toiled overtime to pinprick the weaknesses of the team of the Sun Risers Hyderabad without any fear or favour as the winnable factor of each player was kept in mind for the interest of the WinDaddy’s subscribers. Here are some trigger points.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have a balanced and hugely talented squad. However, the one player they are missing is an Indian middle-order finisher. In Jason Holder and Mohammad Nabi, they have two of the best all-rounders in the business, both capable of smashing runs at breakneck speed, but with only four overseas players per XI
Looking to their Indian options, they picked up 36-year old Kedar Jadhav at the auction, who brings experience and an average of 24.24 to the squad. However, his career strike rate – 129.01 – is too low for a middle-order destroyer and he was let go by CSK in 2020 after scoring 62 runs in five innings.
Captain: David Warner
Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Best finish: Champions (2016)
Last season: Third
Rashid Khan: The ICC men’s T20 player of the decade . Twenty-two-year-old Rashid Khan is cricket’s premier white-ball spinner with 350 wickets and an economy of 6.29 in 252 T20 appearances.
In last year’s IPL, Khan – currently third in theT20 Player Index– was Sunriser Hyderabad’s leading wicket-taker with 20 dismissals and sixth overall in the tournament. Only RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal took more wickets with spin (21) while no one bettered his economy of 5.37.
David Warner: Australia international David Warner hasn’t scored fewer than 500 runs in an IPL season since 2013. One of only four players to surpass 5,000 career IPL runs – and the only non-Indian – the 34-year old averages 42.71 in the world’s marquee franchise tournament with a strike rate of 141.54, 510 fours and 195 sixes. Warner captained Sunrisers to their maiden IPL title in 2016 and will be hoping to lift the trophy again this year after finishing third in 2020.