Fri Mar 2019
The core of SRH has always been to stay on top and that’s where we concluded our season, right at the summit of the Vivo IPL 2018 table with 18 points. The Final, as well, was nothing less than another great cricketing memory in the history of SunRisers Hyderabad. It was our second IPL Final since the title win in 2016 and we took away a lot from the game and held our heads up high for the fantastic cricketing display throughout the season.
We began the 2019 season at the auction with a new strategy in mind. While both young and experienced Indian players have been the heart of our team, here our aim was to also look at the best foreign player combinations.
Bagging Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow gave us more batting options at the top. We also traded Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan from Delhi Capitals.
With the new season upon us, let’s take a deeper look at our foreign contingent.
Led us to our maiden IPL title in 2016, has been winning hearts of the Orange Army ever since. With so much of experience playing in India conditions, the opener will have a vital role to play in giving us a solid foundation to build on.
Having been out of the game for a year now, David will be raring to go, and his expertise will only help him come out with flying colours for the Orange Army. Warner is highly regarded as one of the best openers in the Indian Premier League and why not, 4014 runs under his belt with 3 tons and 36 half centuries, he’s one of the most prolific batsmen in the competition.
An opener by trade, he can give the team the boost it needs. He also has one of the safest hands in England.
Consistency in his batting and wicketkeeping over the last couple of years has meant that he is now regarded as one of the best limited overs top-order batsmen.
Kane needs no introduction! He led the us from the front to a second IPL Final since the inception of the team. He did not just win the coveted Orange Cap, but his calm and collected presence on the field was applauded by many greats of the game.
He concluded the tournament becoming the leading run scorer in IPL 2018 and the Orange Army couldn’t help but love him for his absolute calm and composed nature.
Warner, Bairstow and Williamson – safe to say we have one of the best top orders in the tournament.
While Rashid has established himself as one of the deadliest spin bowlers in the world, Afghanistan’s veteran Mohammad Nabi has shown his explosive side with the both bat and ball.
Rashid has spearheaded our spin department in the last couple of seasons and been a genuine game-changer. Nabi’s all-round abilities and his experience with the Afghanistan National Team make him an important player and a role model for the youngsters.
The duo has been doing wonders in the Afghanistan National Cricket Team and are absolutely loved by the Orange Army.
A perfect balance of youth and experience gives us an edge over our competition.
The auctions were extremely productive for us, and gave us a brilliant launchpad into the upcoming season!
The stage is set for the cash-rich Indian Premier League’s new season. The ninth season of the T20 league will start from April 9.