From the land of the Nawabs, arises an immensely talented team – Sunrisers Hyderabad. The first name of the team, “Sunrisers” is apt for the side, as it has cricketers in its ranks who like the sun, rise daily i.e. consistent. There is not even an iota of doubt, regarding the ability of this talented side. The Sunrisers Hyderabad made their IPL debut in 2013, and since then, have been fantastic. The 2014 season was a forgettable outing though, as they began their campaign with two losses. Midway through the season, they replaced Shikhar Dhawan with Darren Sammy, as the captain.
In the recent player auctions, the management of the Sunrisers Hyderabad was at their efficient best. If you manage to rope in a batsman like Kane Williamson for just Rs.60 Lakhs, then you must be thanking your luck big time! It might be hard to believe, but the events of the auction unfolded this way indeed! With just a few days to go for the 2015 IPL, the prospects of the Sunrisers doing well look optimistic. Only time will though, how far do they travel in the IPL.
In this article, we analyze the Hyderabad based franchise in depth.
2013: 4th Place
2014: 6th Place
D Warner ( c ), A Ashish Reddy, R Bhui, R Bopara, T Boult, S Dhawan, M Henriques, S Kaul, B Kumar, P Kumar, C Milind, EJG Morgan, N Ojha†, Parvez Rasool, K Pietersen, P Prasanth, K Rahul, I Sharma, K Sharma, L Shukla, D Steyn, G Vihari, K Williamson
The Sunrisers seem to be talented in both the departments. Their batting has some astonishing talent. But more than the batting, it is their bowling which is more zealous. With the likes of Steyn, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Trent Boult in their ranks, the opposing batsmen better fear the worst! In their pace reserves, they have the experienced Indian duo of Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma as well. Both these pacers will make the playing XI of any IPL side, but in most probability not the Sunrisers. That just summarizes the strength of the Sunrisers! In the spin department, the men from Hyderabad have Karn Sharma. Sharma was the find of the 2013 edition. His unorthodox bowling action flummoxes the batsmen, and his leg breaks skid off the surface. Due to such potential within their bowling department, the Sunrisers have the ability to defend any total. This gives them a massive advantage indeed. It is absolutely fair to say that the Sunrisers are the best bowling side in the IPL.
A clear weakness for the Hyderabad based side is that they do not have the Indian firepower within their batting arsenal. Shikhar Dhawan and Naman Ojha are the only two names, which can adapt to the T20 format with ease. Among the remaining Indian batsmen, KL Rahul is undoubtedly talented. But gloomy clouds linger around his ability as a hard hitting T20 batsman. To add to their woes, England star Kevin Pietersen will all, but miss the tournament due to his county commitments. Assuming that Boult and Steyn will play in the XI, they just have two overseas batsmen to choose from. The absence of high profile Indian batsmen may hurt the Sunrisers big time!
T20s are all about grabbing the minute chances with precision and then gradually building them up with style. This theory has been perfectly adopted by a lot of individuals in the IPL. The first example which comes to mind is of Shaun Marsh. Marsh was unknown before the 2008 IPL. But then, within the span of a few matches, he set the stage of fire. A similar case of David Miller is known as well. The Sunrisers provide an ideal opportunity for players like KL Rahul and Naman Ojha, to make a mark. The talented Indian batsmen can have a string of high scores, and keep the selectors on their radar. Parvez Rasool has the same opportunity. A decent show in the IPL, will keep the selectors interested in him. If these Indian players come to the party along with the other high profile members of the Sunrisers, then it will be one hell of a show by the Hyderabad side!
One major threat to the success of the Sunrisers is their homeground itself! Very rarely there is a situation, when the home turf itself can be a bane instead of a boon. The surface laid at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad is often very slow and lifeless. However, the pace of Steyn and Boult might just make it easy for the opposing batsmen. The batsmen always look for an opportunity to middle the ball. Their swift deliveries on this lifeless pitch, might be just what the batsmen want. If the men from Hyderabad are to achieve success, then they better prepare a bouncy pitch, which amplifies the advantage of having Steyn and Boult in the side.
1. Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 11th April (4:00 pm) at Chennai
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 13th April (8:00 pm) Bangalore
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – 16th April (8:00 pm) Vizag
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils – 18th April (4:00 pm) Vizag
5. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 22nd April (4:00 pm) Vizag
6. Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 25th April (4:00 pm) Mumbai
7. Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 27th April (8:00 pm) at Mohali
8. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings – 2nd May (8:00 pm) Hyderabad
9. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 4th May (8:00 pm) Kolkata
10. Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7th May (4:00 pm) at Mumbai (Brabourne)
11. Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 9th May (8:00 pm) Raipur
12. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – 11th May (4:00 pm) Hyderabad
13. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 15th May (8:00 pm) at Hyderabad
14. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians – 17th May (8:00 pm) Hyderabad
Considering the potential that this side possesses, one expects them to make it to the playoffs.