IPL 2018: SWOT analysis of the Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson
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When the Sunrisers Hyderabad replaced Deccan Chargers from the IPL in 2013, the task at hand was to take the legacy of a successful franchise – who had won the title in 2009 – forward. SRH made it to the playoff in its first year but lost track thereafter for a couple of years.

In 2015, David Warner was entrusted with the captaincy of the side which coincided with the rise of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The following year, Warner led SRH to clinch IPL 2016 with Bhuvi bagging the Purple cap.

In the recent years, Hyderabad have emerged as one of the strongest IPL teams but the loss of skipper David Warner has the potential to change the status quo. In this light, let us have a look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s IPL.

Strengths

Shikhar Dhawan has been in sublime form off late and chances are rife that he makes the upcoming season his own. Dhawan averages 42.62 and has scored at a strike rate close to 150 in the 8 T20s that he has played this year.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has foxed even the best of batsmen recently and holds the Purple cap for the last two consecutive years. His near perfect execution of the knuckle ball has been a matter of discussion in the cricketing circles.

In Tom Moody and VVS Laxman, SRH have one of the greatest think tanks in the league. What the two of them have done is to pick a team which has backups for all frontline members of the team. If any player in the side gets injured or loses form, SRH has adequate bench strength to effect seamless changes.

Weaknesses

The suspension of David Warner is a bolt out of the blue for SRH which has jolted the entire setup. Warner’s unavailability has created a huge void not only in terms of leadership but also at the top in the batting order. SRH would certainly miss the opening combination of Warner and Dhawan which so often got them to solid starts.

The team may have two spinners from Afghanistan in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi but they lack an established Indian spinner. All they have in that column is Bipul Sharma who does not boast of a great IPL record. This would restrict SRH from playing an extra overseas batsman given the quota of maximum four overseas players.

Opportunities

Kane Williamson, who would dawn the captaincy hat in the absence of Warner, would have to shoulder a lot of responsibility. This may just be the blessing in disguise that Williamson needed as it would give him a cushion of making the playing XI in all the matches. At the same time, he could also attempt to untag himself from the image of a docile T20 batsman.

Basl Thampi made a name for himself in the last IPL season with his on-point Yorkers and well disguised slower ones. Many were expecting a windfall for Thampi this year, given his heroics in IPL 2017, but he went to SRH for only 95 lakhs this year. It is a great opportunity for the Kerala pacer to prove that he was not just a one-time wonder.

Deepak Hooda had a fantastic first-class season for Baroda this year and is in good touch. SRH have invested a lot in the all-rounder and it’s time that it begins to pay off. Hooda is an explosive batsman lower down the order and was also named in India’s T20 squad for the Nidahas trophy. If the Baroda lad manages to fit in the finisher’s role for SRH this year, big things await him in the near future.

Threats

SRH have a solid batting line up which has become more potent with the inclusion of Manish Pandey and Shakib al Hasan. However, it is the lower order which is a cause of concern for the side. Accepted that they have explosive batsman like Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite but the duo is far too inconsistent for SRH’s liking.

Hyderabad had built a very strong team in this year’s auction but their entire team revolved around Captain David Warner. Now with the centerpiece gone and Kane Williamson taking his place, his first job would be to ensure that the team gels well under his leadership. The New Zealander’s demeanour is completely contrary to that of the Aussie and whether this transition in leadership is smooth or not would be a real threat for SRH.

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