HomeSportsCricketIPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad appoint Pat Cummins as their captain
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IPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad appoint Pat Cummins as their captain

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Pat Cummins has been chosen as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the IPL 2024 season, taking over from Aiden Markram, who led the team in 2023. This marks Cummins’ first time leading a team in the IPL. His appointment follows a successful stint as captain of the Australian cricket team, where he led them to victory in the World Test Championship and the 2023 ODI World Cup, defeating India in both finals.

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This decision offers Sunrisers Hyderabad the flexibility to include their new signings, Travis Head from Australia and Wanindu Hasaranga from Sri Lanka, along with Heinrich Klaasen as a finisher, instead of Markram if they choose to do so. Cummins will fill the role of the overseas fast bowler in the team. Other overseas quicks in the squad include Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi and South Africa’s Marco Jansen, with Glenn Phillips from New Zealand completing their roster of eight overseas players.

Pat Cummins will be leading Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming season, making him their third captain in as many years. In 2022, Kane Williamson led the team to an eighth-place finish. However, he was let go before the 2023 season, during which Sunrisers Hyderabad finished last under the captaincy of Markram, securing only four wins out of 14 matches.

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Markram didn’t have a great individual performance either, scoring only 248 runs at a strike rate of 129. Despite this, he remains on the squad for the upcoming season. Markram had previously led the Sunrisers Eastern Cape franchise to consecutive titles in the SA20 league in 2022 and 2023.

Daniel Vettori as Their New Head Coach

Alongside the change in captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad also appointed a new head coach for the 2024 IPL season. Former New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori took over from Brian Lara, who had replaced Tom Moody as coach in IPL 2023. Additionally, Sunrisers Hyderabad replaced Dale Steyn with former New Zealand allrounder James Franklin as their bowling coach.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad will kick off their IPL 2024 campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on March 23, followed by a match against the Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on March 27.

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