The DeccanKings, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have had three phenomenal seasons in the last three years. This year, they will have their core players after the IPL 2019 Auction as David Warner will also be making a comeback in the squad as the management did a good job and have gotten good replacements for the missing stars. With Warner’s comeback, SRH’s batting line-up looks stronger and experienced.
The one-time IPL champion and IPL 2018 runner-up Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bought one Indian and two overseas players during the IPL 2019 Auction. After the end of the Auction, SRH has the shortage of two Indian players to fulfill the squad.
Retained players: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Traded In: Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, and Shahbaz Nadeem
Purchased in IPL 2019 Auction: Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill
With Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey, Hyderabad has two very strong Indian batsmen around whom the batting will revolve. Shankar has been in a stunning form for India in the last two series and SRH will be very happy to see Dhawan continue on his merry way.
The bowling will be spear-headed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been India’s premier bowler in all three formats for the past few years. He will shoulder the responsibility alongside Siddharth Kaul. Shahbaz Nadeem will play if SRH needs an Indian spinner.
Deepak Hooda has well-defined roles this time, but whether they will choose Wriddhiman Saha or Shreevats Goswami as a gloveman will be interesting to see. Yusuf Pathan, Basil Thampi, and T Natarajan will be the backup players which shall be used as needed.
The biggest loss for the Sunrisers, of course, is the loss of Alex Hales, but Jonny Bairstow/ Martin Guptill will be a good replacement for him. Kane Williamson is expected to lead the side again and will be a crucial batsman as well. One of Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Nabi will get to play, the decision will rely on the playing conditions.
The number one bowler in T20I cricket, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will lead the spin bowling for SRH. Whether he will be successful this year after the exposure he had in the last year will be interesting.
Jonny Bairstow/ David Warner $
Kane Williamson $
Shakib Al Hasan/ Mohammad Nabi $
Rashid Khan $
Siddharth Kaul/ Khaleel Ahmed
$ – Foreign Players
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David Warner, Rashid Khan, and Kane Williamson will most probably play in every game. That leaves us with one foreign player spot. Mohammad Nabi and Shakib will fight it out between themselves. Two out of Kaul, T Natarajan, and Thampi will play. Yusuf Pathan will be the backup for Deepak Hooda.