The place they ended up in 2020
After simply three wins of their first 9 video games, the Sunrisers Hyderabad rebounded to complete third on the factors desk. Within the Eliminator, they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore however misplaced to the Delhi Capitals in Qualifying 2.
1 David warner (capt), 2 Jonny bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Kane williamson, 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Abdul Samad, 8 Rashid khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 T Natarajan
Over the previous two years, the dilemma for the Sunrisers has been which of Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson to go away out of their enjoying XI. Within the second half of the earlier season, they discovered their greatest mixture with Wriddhiman Saha changing Bairstow on the prime, Williamson inserting 4th and Jason Holder propping up each stick and bowling.
This time round, the presence of a match Bhuvneshwar Kumar and new recruit Kedar Jadhav means the Sunrisers could not want Holder’s general abilities. This opens up a spot for them abroad, permitting them to play each Williamson and Bairstow.
Whereas Saha has some excellent numbers within the energy play, Bairstow is solely significantly better by way of the assorted phases of the innings. Moreover, Warner and Bairstow’s opening pair are among the many greatest within the IPL. On common, they provide a begin of round 60 in 6.3 overs.
Mitchell Marsh’s late resolution to withdraw from the match should not damage the Sunrisers a lot. The truth is, it allowed them to play Jason Roy, an ideal alternative for Warner if his groin harm worsens. Nevertheless, the decrease center order can nonetheless give them a headache regardless of the inclusion of Jadhav.
Bowling has all the time been the Sunrisers’ strongest. Final season they had been hampered by Kumar’s harm, however his return – not solely on the pitch but additionally in type – ought to please them. Within the not too long ago concluded T20I and ODI sequence towards England, Kumar was by far India’s most economical bowler exterior of choosing up essential wickets.
Kumar is anticipated to play in tandem with Sandeep Sharma within the energy play and with T Natarajan on loss of life. Rashid Khan, in the meantime, confirmed at IPL 2020 that his wicket-taking powers haven’t diminished. But when the Sunrisers are to incorporate each Bairstow and Williamson within the XI, Vijay Shankar, Jadhav and Abdul Samad might want to play at the very least 4 overs between them. In any other case, they might have to think about enjoying Mohammad Nabi or Holder as a substitute of Bairstow or Williamson.
The Sunrisers additionally signed Mujeeb Ur Rahman within the final public sale. And whereas they’re scheduled to play 5 video games on Chepauk’s sluggish pitches, Mujeeb seems to be extra like a alternative for Khan, as squeezing them each within the first XI would weaken the stick.
Younger participant to observe
The eyes will probably be on once more Abdul Samad. Samad, 19, was chosen by the Sunrisers within the 2019 public sale for his six-shot skills. Within the final IPL, his strike fee of 170.76 was the fifth highest amongst these with 100 or extra factors within the match. He was additionally the highest scorer for Jammu and Kashmir within the 2020-2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, totaling 140 factors in 4 innings with a mean of 46.66 and a strike fee of 148.93. If he manages to play his function as finisher, the Sunrises may have all of their bases coated.
Tom Moody (cricket supervisor), Trevor Bayliss (head coach), Brad Haddin (assistant coach), Muttiah Muralitharan (bowling coach), Biju George (area coach) and VVS Laxman (mentor)