Overview : The sunrisers Hyderabad are the only side to win the IPL in the last 5 years besides the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings.They played the finals in 2018 too but didn’t cross the line. This side usually banks on their bowlers to defend low targets and and a strong core group has helped them to bring out those performances.

Captain : David Warner

Support staff : Trevor Bayliss (head coach), Brad Haddin (asst coach), Muttiah Muralitharan ( bowling coach) and VVS Laxman (mentor).

Squad :

Strengths : Warner and Bairstow open the innings for them and they are the best opening pair in the tournament by a mile. Both of them are destructive players and they know how to score big. Also, if you play Bairstow he keeps wickets as well and an additional keeper won’t be required in the XI. Their spin bowling department looks strong too with Nabi who is having a brilliant Carribbean premier League (CPL) and Rashid playing for them. The conditions in the UAE will be very different to India and spin will play an even bigger role on these surfaces.

Both Warner and Bairstow ended up scoring 100 and 114* in a match vs RCB in last year’s IPL.

Weaknesses : They lack experience in the middle- order to continue the flow of runs while batting first and they do not have a well established finisher besides Nabi. Their batting has the likes of under-19 Indian Captain Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar. But the question is that can these young players win them games under tough circumstances? This is where Manish Pandey’s role as a middle-order batsman becomes crucial who needs to be there for SRH till the last over. If Manish Pandey will have a good tournament you can expect SRH to do well.

Trivia : Manish Pandey has the 4th highest batting average in T20s (47.13), only behind Babar, Virat and Malan.

Player to watch out for (So since it’s the ‘Indian’ Premier League, we will be looking at young Indian talents in this section of the blog, capped or uncapped, who have done well in the domestic circuit and are expected to showcase their skillset in the IPL) :-

Abdul Samad is an all-round who is the only player to feature in the IPL from Jammu and Kashmir. He bats right- handed and bowls leg spin. He finished the season with 36 sixes – the most by any batsman – in his Ranji Trophy debut season with a strike rate of 112.97. He played a total of 10 matches but made an impact with two centuries and three half centuries to take J&K to the quarter finals. Go check out his batting on YouTube if you haven’t. It is unlikely that he will play in he first match but you can expect him to get a chance at some point in such a long tournament.

Team combination and probable XI :-

They might have to take the harsh decision to drop Williamson from their team because in an ideal XI Warner , Bairstow, Nabi and Rashid Khan are the 4 foreign players they will be looking at.

1. David Warner (c) 2. Bairstow (wk) 3. Priyam Garg/ Saha 4. Manish Pandey 5. Vijay Shankar 6. Mohammad Nabi 7. Rashid Khan 8. Bhuvneshwar kumar 9. Khaleel Ahmed 10. Siddarth Kaul 11. Shahbaz Nadeem

Predicted finish : SRH have always punched above their weight and it won’t be a surprise if they qualify for the playoffs so a 4th or a 5th position finish should be on the cards for them.

Thanks for reading this blog. I will be posting about the other teams too, to get an idea of their squad, strengths and weaknesses before the tournament starts so stay tuned for the next one!