IPL 2021 SRH Team Preview and Predictions: Hyderabad bank on stingy bowlers to strangle opposition
Sunrisers Hyderabad may not have the most exciting squad but they have made it a habit of punching above their weight each and every time.
Sunrise Hyderabad did not have a lot going for them in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. Despite that, they managed to qualify for the playoffs at the third spot which speaks a lot about the team, that the sum of their parts is always greater than the whole.
There is something about the SRH management and the captaincy of David Warner which brings the best out of their players. With Tom Moody back in the Hyderabad setup, that tactical sharpness is only expected to get better.
Sunrisers Hyderabad was not in the thick of things in the mini auctions. After the last season, they released Billy Stanlake and Fabian Allen and then bought Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Kedar Jadhav in the auctions.
SRH sweat over Warner's fitness
David Warner will lead the side apart from opening the batting. Warner's fitness is a bit of a concern for Hyderabad as he has not managed to reach full fitness after his groin injury in the series against India last year.
As a result, when all-rounder Mitchell Marsh decided to pull out of the IPL, Hyderabad roped in an additional opener in Jason Roy instead of going for a like for like replacement.
The thought behind the move is clear. Hyderabad are not sure about the fitness of David Warner. Even when they will open with Warner and Wriddhiman Saha and already have Jonny Bairstow as a back-up opener, they decided to bring in Jason Roy as well to provide themselves with ample options in case something goes wrong with Warner.
Williamson and Pandey bolster SRH's middle order
Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey provide heft to the Hyderabad middle order. If Vijay Shankar is not a part of SRH's plans at number 5, the toss up will be between young Uttar Pradesh batsman Priyam Garg and Kedar Jadhav who was released by Chennai Super Kings after a forgettable season last year.
Abdul Samad will be in the role of the finisher for Hyderabad. All-rounder Jason Holder further bolsters Hyderabad's balance.
Bhuvi and Rashid to lead SRH's bowling
Although SRH roped in Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the auctions, one cannot see how he fits into the XI. Rashid Khan continues to be the leader of the pack for Hyderabad.
SRH would be drooling with the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar which the medium pacer displayed in the white ball matches between India and England. Kumar will get the company of Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan to round off the Hyderabad bowling attack.
Top Batsman - Runs Scored - David Warner
Top Bowler - Wickets Taken - Rashid Khan
Most Sixes - Wriddhiman Saha
Predicted starting XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadem/Sandeep Sharma & T Natarajan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, J Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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