Aakash Chopra, the former opening batsman of India and former KKR player, had opined that SunRisers Hyderabad could do without a mega auction before IPL 2021, unlike their southern neighbour franchise, the Chennai Super Kings who were the first team to be eliminated from IPL 2020.
He made this observation while talking about the concerns for the Orange Army and the road ahead for them in a video shared on his Facebook page.
Aakash Chopra: SunRisers Hyderabad Don’t Need Wholesale Changes
Aakash Chopra started by pointing out that the SunRisers Hyderabad bowling attack is not as potent as earlier with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar missing out due to injury, despite T Natarajan, Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma delivering the much-needed goods for them in IPL 2020.
“Although T Natarajan bowled well, Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma also did their jobs but the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling unit is not as good as it used to be. They still have some issues with their bowling,” commented Aakash Chopra.
The renowned commentator observed that the addition of a couple of express fast bowlers who can bowl at shearing pace would make the SunRisers Hyderabad attack even more lethal.
“They do not have a fast bowler who bowls at a rapid pace. The bowlers they have slow down the game but I feel there is a scope there if they can get one or two rapid bowlers,” said Aakash Chopra.
He also highlighted that an Indian spinner must be included in the squad to assist Rashid Khan in the spin department.
“They also need an Indian spinner to support Rashid Khan. Shahbaz Nadeem tried to do the job but the top level performances were not seen consistently. That is an area of concern, both the leg-spinner and left-arm spinner take the ball away and they are not able to play Nabi,” he said.
Aakash Chopra pointed out that the SunRisers Hyderabad would also be better off with some more experienced batsmen in their middle order, to ease the pressure on the established batsmen like skipper David Warner, wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow and Wriddhiman Saha in the top order.
“SRH went in with young players like Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad and Virat Singh in their batting and they did better than what was expected from them but they would want some more experience in the middle order, ” he said.
Aakash Chopra said that SunRisers Hyderabad could manage without a mega auction as they do not need wholesale changes to their squad.
“The Sunrisers Hyderabad can manage without a mega auction. They do not need to overhaul their entire team, they do not need to release too many players or buy too many players,” he said.
SunRisers Hyderabad didn’t use Mohammad Nabi much as he played only 1 match while Mitchell Marsh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar were injured after playing some matches.
Aakash Chopra: Hyderabad Have A Very Good Overseas Core
Aakash Chopra highlighted that the David Warner-led side has a formidable overseas players department having Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan and Jason Holder in their ranks.
“They have Kane Williamson, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder and they are not able to play Billy Stanlake and Fabien Allen. So they have a very good overseas core,” he said.
He observed that a mega auction would help the SunRisers Hyderabad address their Indian middle-order batting issues as the team have only one experienced Indian batsman Manish Pandey.
“They need some help in their Indian batting. They might get more batsmen if there is a mega auction but if there is a small auction they may not get those many Indian batsmen,” he said.
The 43-year old however pointed out that the SunRisers Hyderabad could still manage with their current middle-order batting and would not be as desperate for a mega auction as the Chennai Super Kings as they have youngsters like Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad and Priyam Garg who can do the job.
“But because they have put their money on Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad and Priyam Garg this time and shown faith in them, I feel they will still do the job. They do not need a mega auction as much as their neighbours, the Chennai Super Kings,” he said.
“I feel they can manage another year without a mega auction,” said the commentator.
There has been no decision taken yet on holding the mega auction before IPL 2021. With the BCCI looking to add another team or two teams before the next IPL, a mega auction would certainly be required.