However, since then the performance of the team kept slipping. The management also changed hands. The team was rebranded as Sunrisers Hyderabad but even the renamed version did not pick up for a couple of years.
However, after the likes of VVS Laxman, Tom Moody and Muthaiya Muralidharan came in the team management and stressed on minute planning, there was a visible change in the auction strategy of the team. SRH made smart picks and results began to show as the team was successful in bagging the title in IPL 2017.
They followed up their performance with a brilliant season in 2018 and were one of the firm contenders for the title. However, they always looked a little lackluster in matches against Chennai Super Kings and they had to pay the price for it in the final as CSK won their third title and SRH ended as runners-up.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been exceptional in terms of optimising performances from their players. Cricketers like Deepak Hooda, Barinder Sran and Ben Cutting have blossomed in the franchise. This says a lot about the team's culture and how the franchise and the management encourages its young players.
The team boasts of quality bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul. The team also has top all-rounders in Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan who have the ability to turn the match on their own. In the batting department as well, the likes of Kane Williamson and David Warner make for a formidable opening pair.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have traded Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi against Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem. Although Dhawan's absence will certainly be felt in the batting order, it has also helped them cover more bases. Kane Williamson, who led the side last year, slotted perfectly at the top of the order. He did not go berserk, took calculated risks and ended as the highest-run scorer of the tournament.
With David Warner slated to be back this year, the team can certainly do without Dhawan but they might feel shortage of firepower in the batting order. As apart from David Warner at the top and Yusuf Pathan in the middle-order, they do not have many out and out power hitters.
David Warner's one-year-ban following the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa last year is coming to an end and he would be available to play a major part of the tournament. Warner is recovering from an elbow injury and has not been picked in the Australian ODI squad for the five-match series against Pakistan.
This effectively means that IPL would be the only competitive cricket that he would be playing leading up to the World Cup and hence his performance in the tournament would decide whether or not he is a part of the Australian World Cup squad.
Another thing that he would like to do is to re-establish himself as an integral part of the team. When you are not around the setup for a season, things change. The captaincy has changed hands and he might feel a change in the energy around the group once he returns to the SRH changeroom. However, the only way he can command back respect is by dishing out consistent performances and that would be his primary objective.
Although Sunrisers Hyderabad have a gun bowling lineup, a lot of their bowlers are also part of the World Cup squads of respective international teams. It is a different ball-game for batters but bowlers - due to the stress on their body - are more prone to injuries and hence all teams including India would like to protect their international bowlers.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already hinted at taking a rest in the latter half of the tournament. SRH would have to find an alternative of a bowler like Bhuvi who can bowl well both at the top and at the death which would be a tough task.
Similarly, the likes of Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan are premium bowlers for their countries and need to be protected leading up to the World Cup. One of their leading all-rounders, Shakib Al Hasan, has had repeated injuries and is currently recuperating.
Purse after the auction: INR. 5.30 Crore
Retained players: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Traded in: Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem from Delhi
Traded out: Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi
Purchased players in IPL Auction (Dec 18): Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.20 cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2 cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1 cr).
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