Sunrisers Hyderabad Overview
After finishing as the last season’s runner ups, Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their scrupulous methods at the 2019 IPL auctions, picking up just three players to polish off their squad. In Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (₹1.2 crore) could very well have gotten one of the steals of the winter. The same player had costed ₹ 5 crore in last year’s auction.
SRH also managed to add another foreign wicket keeper in Jonny Bairstow. The unavailability of Bairstow in the latter stages of the season means that the two players will share the wicket keeping and top-order responsibility. Shreevats Goswami could also slot into the position if needed.
After allowing Shikhar Dhawan to join Delhi Capitals, it was very clear that SRH were in the IPL auctions to sign an able top-order back-up swashbuckling David Warner, could also leave midway through the campaign for World Cup preparations.
SRH did bid aggressively for the likes of Shimron Hetmyer ( ₹3.80 cr being their highest bid) and Colin Ingram (₹6.20 cr being their highest bid). But they lost both the players by margins of ₹20 lakhs each. As a result, they went for and successfully managed to get NZ opener Martin Guptill, whom they brought for a base price of ₹1 crore.
SRH did not have much to do in the auctions, having already put a lot of faith in the Indian middle-order core through retention. The return of Warner was another good omen for the team. They had also brought back all-rounder Vijay Shankar in the swap deal for Dhawan. That deal also included Shahbaz Nadeem, whose left-arm spin will complement leggie Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and left-armer Shakib Al Hasan. That may exactly be the reason why they stayed away from participating in the slugfest for the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. It therefore seems to be a successful transfer season for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They look well-balanced on paper and raring to again reach the top of the league.
Squad strength: 23
Players bought in auction: 3
Purse Unspent: ₹ 5.30 Crore
|Martin Guptill*||Yusuf Pathan||Rashid Khan||Bhuvneshwar Kumar|
|W Saha (wk)*||Shakib Al Hasan||S Nadeem||Sandeep Sharma|
|J Bairstow (wk)*||Mohammad Nabi||T Natarajan|
|Kane Williamson||Abhishek Sharma||Siddarth Kaul|
|David Warner||Vijay Shankar||Khaleel Ahmed|
|Manish Pandey||Billy Stanlake|
|Deepak Hooda||Basil Thampi|
|S Goswami (wk)|
* represents players bought by SRH in the 2019 IPL auction
Possible XI: Martin Guptill, W Saha, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma
SRH are consistently the smartest team builders of the 8 teams available. KKR the next best.
RCB, DD and KXIP – historically the stupidest.
— Elite Alagappan (@IndianMourinho) December 18, 2018
Bairstow In 2.2 CR
SRH Always smart ?#IPLAuction
— Prince ?? (@iPrince55) December 18, 2018
— Telugu Sarcasm??? (@TeluguSarcasm) December 19, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 18, 2018
Good strategy by SRH.
Left Saha and got 5 crs in purse.
bairstow and Saha for 3.4 cr??
Laxman mass?? #IPLAuctions
— #DPVEU (@dpveuuu) December 18, 2018