The Sunrisers Hyderabad is what the Deccan Chargers are known as these days after the ownership changed hands following the inability of the Deccan Chronicle to pay for the upkeep of the team. The new owners made quite a splash at the IPL auctions by recruiting a fair amount of players who could make a difference in a T20 game. The Deccan Chargers famously won the IPL in 2009, when it was held in South Africa, but since then their performance has been quite underwhelming and in fact, they finished at second from bottom of the points table in IPL V. However, the new team has plenty of players in its roster who have made a world of difference to the performances and it is no wonder that they have been successful in reaching the knockout stages of IPL VI. Hopefully, they will be able to build on that success in the future editions of the IPL.
Kumar Sangakkara, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, J. P. Duminy, Chris Lynn, Nathan McCullum, Clint McKay, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Thisara Perera, Padmanabhan Prasanth, Veer Pratap Singh, Sachin Rana, Ravi Teja, Akshath Reddy, Biplab Samanray, Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Dale Steyn, Thalaivan Sargunam, Sudeep Tyagi, Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White
Very pleased to hear Parvez Rasool has been picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for #IPL7 Here’s hoping he gets more games than when with Pune.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) February 13, 2014
The SRH side is certainly a team that depends heavily on its bowling strength in order to win games with the likes of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra forming the core of the bowling attack. In addition to that, the all round talents of Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy and Karn Sharma also provides the team with plenty of options. It is hence not a surprise that SRH win most of their games on the back of stellar performance from the bowling unit. Although it is true that they might be a bit light in the batting department, they still have the likes of Sangakkara, Duminy, Shikhar Dhawan and Quinton de Kock to fall back on in order to hold the innings together.
The captaincy proved to be a bit of a problem for them in the last edition of the IPL since Sangakkara who was the designated captain was woefully out of form and Cameron White had to step in when the Sri Lankan had to be dropped. However, one cannot discount Sangakkara’s credentials as a captain and whenever he is in form, he can often be the difference between a win or a loss on the back of his shrewd captaincy as well as his batting prowess.
— Crickethunger (@crickethunger) February 13, 2014
Their strength lies undoubtedly in their bowling which can give the best batting line ups in the tournament a run for their money and in Dale Steyn they have a bowler who is capable of taking wickets at any point of the game, irrespective of the sort of form the batsman is in. Additionally, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Darren Sammy and Perera provide the sort of variety that is essential for a well rounded bowling unit. However, one must also remember that they have enough firepower at the top of the order with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Kumar Sangakkara setting the tempo.
Anyone who has watched the SRH play in the last IPL season would have noticed that they often struggle to kick on and score a big total after a good start; however, the simple reason for that is a poor middle order that usually struggles to accelerate at the right time. A couple of good middle order batsman could make SRH into a team that could be very hard to beat indeed.
By Soham Samaddar
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