Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013 review

Spirited Sunrisers exceed expectations

Sunrisers began this tournament as one of the underdogs, but fought impressively to reach as far as the Eliminator

Siddhartha Talya

May 23, 2013

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Dale Steyn was the best bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad, conceding 23 runs in four overs, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai, May 13, 2013
Dale Steyn: bursting with energy © BCCI
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Where they finished
Sunrisers Hyderabad exceeded expectations in this IPL, and had the support of many who backed a side making its debut, having been bought over by a new owner after the previous franchise was terminated last year. Their run ended in a closely-fought Eliminator, and while they'll be disappointed at not having progressed to the second Qualifier, they went farther than most would have thought possible with the resources they had at their disposal. And their success came at the expense of Royal Challengers Bangalore, a popular franchise with big stars and flamboyant owners.

What went right
Sunrisers' biggest strength was a formidable bowling attack, though only Dale Steyn appeared a serious threat on paper at the time the tournament began. He lived up to his reputation, but was supported ably by the rest, and that combined effort enabled Sunrisers to compensate for the relative weakness in their batting.

Ishant Sharma was largely consistent, Darren Sammy had his good days, and the success of the leg-spin combination of Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma stood out. So effective did they prove that a score of 130, especially on a slowish track, seemed secure. Home advantage has been a big feature of this IPL season, and Sunrisers were hard to beat in Hyderabad, winning seven out of their eight matches there, one of them in the Super Over.

What went wrong
The bowling unit had its occasional off days, but the batting was Sunrisers' Achilles heel. Shikhar Dhawan was recovering from a hand injury at the start of the tournament and missed three weeks of his team's campaign. His return was a boost for the side, at the top of the order, but the overall batting blew hot and cold through the tournament. Sunrisers appeared to rely too much on their bowling to defend targets, and though they put up a spirited fight - even in the Eliminator while defending 132 - the batting depth of the opposing team at times won out.

It didn't help Sunrisers that the going was slow in the first 10 overs, with occasional periods of stagnation when the top and middle order struggled to push on, leaving the likes of Cameron White and Thisara Perera to surge at the death and take them to a par score. Among all teams in this IPL, Sunrisers were the slowest in the first 10 overs, going at 5.85 an over. That climbed to 8.87 in the final five overs, which was the still fifth among all teams.

Best player
Without a doubt, Dale Steyn. He was a regular wicket-taker and finished as the second-most economical bowler (min. 20 overs) this IPL, going at 5.66 an over, but what stood out was his intensity and commitment on the field. It seemed each time he came on to bowl, he was bowling a fresh spell. He bowled with pace and regularly ruffled the batsmen with jaffers that nipped away to beat the edge, or were banged in short.

He was the most energetic on the field when brought on to bowl, trying desperately to save the single when the ball was knocked around, and celebrated with the kind of excitement we're accustomed to seeing in Tests. He was Sunrisers' go-to man in times of a crisis, a responsibility he shouldered well, and was easily the most feared and respected by the opposition.

Poor performer
Kumar Sangakkara was one of four overseas captains this season who had to relinquish his place in the side as a result of poor form. His tournament began on a steady note, as he scored 15 against Pune Warriors, but he didn't push on. He had to sit out after five games, with Cameron White taking over, but did get a chance to return, unlike Ricky Ponting of Mumbai Indians. However, his performances turned out to be worse, with scores of 4, 21, 8, and 3, before he had to sit out again. A player who has expertly anchored innings in his international career, Sangakkara couldn't fulfil that role for Sunrisers this season, and wasn't part of the playing XI for half the team's campaign.

Surprise package
The lack of spin options in India has been a worry for a while, and it remains to be seen if Karan Sharma, a legspinner, will allay some of those concerns. For Sunrisers, he was the find of the season, working very well in tandem with senior partner Amit Mishra. He had the variations, imparted considerable turn on the ball, and proved quite economical at 6.60. He was brought on mostly between overs 7 and 14, and picked up nine wickets in that period. This, after an impressive three games for Railways in the Ranji Trophy in which he picked up 21 wickets at 19.04.

Recommended for retention
Dale Steyn
Shikhar Dhawan

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

How could you miss out Thissara Perera. He has done well ,he has contributed well enough for SRH to reach this far.

Posted by Wealwayslosethecricket on (May 25, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

The worst mistake that Sunrisers could make would be to get rid of Kumar Sangakkara and Cameron White simply on account of a poor (not quite so poor in the case of White) season this year. With some good performers with the ball making themselves known over the course of the season, it is vital that SRH hold onto both of these experienced campaigners, not only for their ability to turn a game around with the bat, but also because their combined knowledge and leadership is an essential support to a strong bowling attack. In fact, all four of Hyderabad's main foreign players (Sanga, White, Steyn, Sammy) should be retained. Steyn and Sammy both dominated at some point with the ball, and Sammy is another experienced leader who offers something of great value to the SRH think tank. As a SRH supporter, I hope that the squad is kept mostly intact for the next season.

Posted by thirimanna on (May 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

how come u not mentioning of perera when talking abt bowlers ... he may be not economical but he got 19 wickets as well... and u forgot his match winning contributions with the bat.. so does sammy...

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

A lot of people asking for the IPL to be banned. IPL is an entity, not a person. Satyam owner Ramalinga Raju did fraud and was rightfully arrested and jailed. But Satyam Industries wasn't banned. The corruption in IPL is because of a few individuals and it is not correct to ask for banning a great venue for new young talent in India to showcase their talent and get selected for the National team. As far as my sense of reasoning goes, IPL is innocent. Some individuals who are running it however are not very innnocent.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (May 25, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Most of the guys are predicting on retaining players .but will IPL be the same glamorous event next year after all fixing developments . we never know . some cricket board may pullout players from it despite big cash considering games status . Viewership will cut down drastically . So it probably may not be the same event anymore .

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 23:53 GMT)

SRH need to follow the strategy of CSK, who were forced to release all players other than the max. 4, who bought most of them back. This strategy will work the best. Choose the best 4 and then go after others who could not be retained. This will also save money as all players are not worth $2 million.

Other teams will not release their best players, and the rich teams like MI will just buy them so that others do not possess them. Steyn and Dhawan must be retained and must not be released otherwise they will be stolen like Rohit Sharma was stolen, and secret inside deals like the one that happened in case of Jadeja will keep those out of reach.

SRH needs an opener, an offspinner, and a couple of middle order batsmen. Sanga and White should go. Perera and Sammy should stay. Bhuvanesh Kumar can replace Ishant. Middle order can use Steven Smith and Aaron Finch. DeCock was bought cheap and has talent and may become better by next year.

Posted by CowCorna on (May 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

It's funny that so many people are calling for SRH to retain Cameron White and Thisara Perera, and don't spare a thought for Darren Sammy who outperformed them both. Especially White, who was horrid.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

why you guys forgot Thisera Perera's all round performance? he got 16 wickets and 230+ runs in his debut ipl.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

2014 IPL someone else will get praised.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Good team effort from SRH......

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (May 24, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

SRH must get rid of Kumara Sangakkara for sure in the next IPL. He was a bad pick by SRH. He has done nothing. Shikar Dhavan, Stayn, Mishra, Parera should be retained for sure. SRH should dare to buy at least one match winning player like Gyle or Watson or Miller or Mike Hussy, or AB Divelliers or David Warner or Pollard. In place of Sammy and White they can buy better reasonable players like DuPlesis, David Hussy, Brad Hogg, Shakib Al Hasan, Darren Bravo, Finch, Morgan, Malinga, Smith, Kevin Peterson etc. From Local players at least 3 good players like Vohra, or Valthati, Pathan Brothers, Manish Pande or Uttappa etc. I know Chennai will not leave players like Raina, Jeddu, Ashwin (Too Bad isn't it?)

Posted by sarath141 on (May 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Best Player - Without a doubt Steyn? There are many best players in this side. That's the reason they are in play-offs. Amit Mishra, Perera deserves same praise as Steyn. They may be less popular but their impact in this IPL is no less than Steyn. Dhawan, Sammy and Karan are also good in the next tier.

Posted by Otuwa on (May 24, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@All fans:Please no need Yuvi for SRH.What have he done so far for IPL?

Posted by sri_sri_bapuji on (May 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Merge the batting of KXIP with the bowling of SRH. Now, dare to call them underdogs.

Posted by ladycricfan on (May 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

Now that the PWI have pulled out from IPL, no franchise will complain about retaining players as the 8 teams have been playing in the IPL from the start. Hope BCCI does not add any more teams. Any new team will suffer the same fate as PWI due to lack of quality players.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Dale Steyn,Shikhar Dhawan,Darren Sammy,Thisara Perera,Karan Sharma,Amit Mishra,.. Must retain these players back we want these guys back in foreign batsman like David miller,luke wright

Posted by Priyavrat96 on (May 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Sunrisers Hyderabad should retain Shikhar Dhawan,Dale Steyn,Amit Mishra,Cameron White for IPL 2014

Posted by ramli on (May 24, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

To say that Steyn was the only one potentially threatening on paper is ridiculous ... in last IPL it was Mishra that spoiled the playoff ambitions of two teams ... also, DC has always been a good bowling outfit ... it lost many games narrowly last IPL ... in the next edition SRH should invest on a good captain and sound batsmen while try to buy back their bowlers

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Well played SRH..!!!

The team named Underdog at the beginning of the tournament had played to the expectations. There is no stand-out player or any special cap player in the team. Team effort was the key for the success of SRH and we the Fan's have been gifted with some entertaining matches.

We surely will support SRH in the future tournaments.

Thanks SRH..!!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

SRH has been one of the best teams this season.No one really expected them to reach the Quarters but they did with sheer grit and hard work.Albeit,their batting was bad at times but their bowling made up for it.Lacking big names,they proved that having big names is not the only thing.One of the only teams which really entertained me and made me watch sitting at the edge of my seat,other being RR and KXIP. I believe they should retain Sammy,Steyn,Dhawan and Mishra. That'll be good enough.

Posted by hasask on (May 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I feel Dhavan,Steyn,Sammy,Mishra and if possible Perera to be retained.Its a good idea to pull out Sanga,de cock,Ishant and white out.Its better to invest on Indian top players than investing on foreign players like yuvi,Utappa,Rayudu

Posted by SaulB on (May 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

They should retain everyone, except maybe Sanga. the team must be stable. SRH missed the obvious move. White wasn't performing, Sanga wasn't performing. Make Sammy captian and bring de kok, he only played 2 or 3 games and was never backed and didn't settle. He needed one or two more games to find his feet. Sammy captains, de kok comes in at 3 or 4.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

i think srh will win chmpions league titlle

Posted by sreehk on (May 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Through out the season SRH had only 1 proper batsman and that is Dhawan like only 1 forward in football. CWhite and Sanga literally competed to sit on bench! Others were bits and pieces batsman. Pity the pressure on bowlers through out tournament. While trying to retain as much of the bowling unit, they should buy at least 2 foreign batsman like Smith and Miller/Flinch 2 local batsmen like Rayudu and Uthappa/Yuvraj proper batsmen and 1 new bowler to avoid predictability. Team could be like: Dhawan,Uthappa(WK),Flinch,Rayudu,Smith,Yuvraj(C), Perera, Mishra, KSharma, Steyn,ISharma. Captained by Yuvraj - he will have point to prove and that might favor SRH. With this batting order Perera will edge out Sammy on bowling.

Posted by NalinPerera on (May 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

As Sri Lankan IPl lovers we are surprised to see that Tisara Perera,s performances have not impressed the author Siddhartha ..16 Mat 19 wts, 233 Runs(23.3 Av) and 5 catches???????????????

Posted by Sach_Col on (May 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

I canot belive that no one who has commented here talked about retaining thisara perera! Unbelievable.. before sammy came he carried the batting, fielding and sometimes the bowling in the death! He was a one man army in the unit! He was the go to man in need of power hitting. and yet here no one is suggesting perera! Unbelievable. If i am to retain players they are gonna be, Perera, Steyn, Dhawan, Amith. Then regain samyy back in the auctions. My SRH squad for next year consists of the following names.. Dhawan, Aaron Finch, Uththappa, Parthiv Patel, Sammy, Karan Sharma, Thisara Perera, Amith Mishra, Dayle Steyn, Buwaneshwar Kumar, Ishanth Sharma.

And the character i would remove for a better player is Uthappa. If there is a better bet then they should go for it! But this line up looks dauntig captained by Sammy! Wicket keeper Parthiv Patel. Opening bowling by Buwaneshwar Kumar, Dayle steyn, Ishanth Sharma Death bowling by Thisara perera and Dayle steyn

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Consider retaining perera too. he won several matches for SRH with his allround performances.remember his 3 sixes against punjab?. in the last match also he gave only 5 runs in the 19th and was among the top 10 wicket takers

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (May 24, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Whatever SRH do they should not sign Yuvraj at any cost he has disrupted every teams he's been part of in the IPL and never delivered for any of them. Sammy & Steyn should be retained for sure along with Mishra and Dhawan.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

I'd recommend retaining Mishra and Sammy too. SRH should buy local players Rayudu, Ojha, Venu and Suman. They should also bid for Yuvraj, Uthappa, Parnell, and Binny. SRH will be one of the title favorites next season. Ideal XI: Dhawan, Uthappa, Rayudu, Yuvraj, Sammy, Binny, Ashish Reddy, Mishra, Parnell, Steyn & Ojha.

Posted by Ram_UK on (May 23, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Well written article on SRH's performance on debut season. They won hearts with there gutsy and gritty performance this season. As my English Colleague mentioned that there is something venomous about SRH. I thought initial few wins gave them confidence that they can go long way in the tournament. SRH is the only team that played like team with every member contributing at different occasions. Coming to retain the player I would like to see them retain the core of there bowling unit with Steyn, Ishant and Misra with Dhawan as only batsman. If they can get of players like Rayudu(Who was left to rot in lower half in MI) and couple of Good t20 Batsmen(Maybe Sammy/Perrera) that can take them even further next season. I still remember when DC was put up for sale and talks about new franchise could be based in some other city. It was quite difficult for supporters to Imagine franchise being moved to some other city. Thanks SRH and Owners for give us some memorable matchs this season.

Posted by xylo on (May 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

I will not be surprised if Darren Sammy is retained and made captain for the next edition. He has proved adept at leading a team with big egos. This should be relatively straightforward!

Posted by ashwinalur on (May 23, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

I am surprised that Amit Mishra's performances have not impressed the author. He along with Bhajji were the most impressive Indian spinners and constantly kept troubling the opposition. Same holds with Perrera and Sammy too. They ought to retain Steyn, Mishra, Sammy and Dhawan. It will be a tough decision to let Perrera out.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Feeling bad for steyn and sammy, but someone had to lose and it could not have been RR. I wish if it were the finals instead of eliminator. I hate rich brats like CSK, MI, RCB and KKR. Steyn was the one guy who put his heart and soul in every single delivery and played with passion while sammy was entertainer. I've new found respect for sammy whom I previously considered as a non-batting non-bowling all rounder. He sure can play. Now eagerly waiting for Mumbai Indians 2013 review on 25th afternoon, if you know what I mean. Halla Bol.

Posted by phunny_game on (May 23, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

SRH were really the surprise package... Everytime they came on to defend a target u almost had a feeling they'll win it. Some exceptional performances like Pollard, Hodge stood out and took a couple of games away from them, otherwise who knows, they might have made it to the finals. Great team spirit, never relying on a single player.

I think even amit mishra will be retained. If you have good and experienced Indian players, then letting them go is not a good choice. Steyn and Dhawan are sure to be around next season as well. Not sure if they're gonna go for a fourth player.

Surely one of my Favs for next season. C ya in April 2014, SRH....!!!!

Posted by Mr.PALindrome on (May 23, 2013, 16:55 GMT)


KKR: retain- Gambhir, Narine...left out: Yusuf,Balaji,Kallis, B.McCullum, Lee,Bhatia, Tiwary, Abdulla, Senanayake,Morgan,Bisla,R.T.Doeschate,Shakib Al Hasan.

DD: retain- Sehwag,Warner...left out: U.Chand,Juneja,V.Rao,Morkel,I.Pathan,U yadav,A.Nehra, Rohrer, Jayawardena,Nadeem, Botha,Russel,

PWI: everyone.

As there is a great demand for Indian captains, In the above list only 3 players have experience in captaincy before and are possible candidates namely Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Kartik and Pujara.

They are is big pool of Indian and Foreign players batsman, wicketkeepers, allrounders and bowlers to choose from for Sunrisers. Now people, you can tell me what is the best combination and who are the best players to choose..

*** P.S- Sorry I forgot about Vijay from CSK, K.Cooper from RR, Duminy from SRH and Saurabh Tiwary from RCB.. Most of the other players I have opted out from the above wont be of that importance in the next auction.



Posted by rameshsb on (May 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

What about retaining Amit Mishra? He is easily the best spinner in IPL 2013.

Posted by Mr.PALindrome on (May 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT)


Here is the list of who are the important players they are likely to leave. I will be concentrating on the Indian players mostly as they would be important.

MI- retain: Sachin, Rohit, Pollard,Malinga....Left out: D.Kartik,Rayudu,Harbhajan,Kulkarni,Smith,Johnson,Tare

CSK-retain: Dhoni,Raina,Hussey,Bravo(this is if the retaining cap is 2 Indians and 2 foreigners, otherwise Jadeja will be retained instead of bravo) Left out: Jadeja, Vijay, Badrinath,Ashwin,Saha,Morkel, Morris, FaF.

RR- retain: Dravid, Watson, Rahane. Left out: Binny, Samson, Faulkner, Hodge, O.shah,Trivedi.

SRH- retain: Steyn, Dhawan, Mishra. Left out: Ishant, Perera, White, Sammy, P.Patel,K.Sharma, AA Reddy.

RCB- retain: Kohli, Gayle, ABD. Left out: Vinay Kumar, Pujara, RP, M.Kartik, Henriques, ABMcDonald.

KXI- retain: Shaun Marsh, David Miller. Left out: Azhar Mahmood, Mandeep, Vohra,Chawla, PK, Awana, D,Hussey. be continued.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

IPL-13 was the year for West Indies cricket....all WI players performed excellently. And it is sad to see failure of SL players this year...SL players become slow starters and grinders for most of the IPL teams.....irritating to see them grinding and not a single player player except Perera had ability to hit sixes...

Sanga, jayawardene, dilshan, it is time to retire from T20 and concentrate on Tests...

Posted by Mr.PALindrome on (May 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Everyone here are talking about retaining a lot of players from Sunrisers but one should remember that the maximum retention is four players.. The news is that it would be 2 Indian and 2 Foreign players cap. Honestly, especially in Indian conditions, SRH is better off retaining Steyn, Dhawan and Mishra in that order. When you retain four players, you will lose half money you have to use in the auction. The first player retained will get 20% of that half, second 15%, third 9% and fourth 6% which constitutes 50% of the auction sum. When we have a crisis of good Indian players keeping Dhawan and Mishra is important. Steyn is a given. I agree Perera and Sammy are good but we can get them back at lower prices which are less than retaining them. Now let us talk about what would be our options next year in the auction and who should be our captain? To make full use of the foreign players, we need an Indian player to be the captain. Who are the better options? be continued!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Writerr has forgotten Thisara Perera if he shouldnt be retained i dont know who should he took almost as many wickets as steyn and was the x factor in the team.SRH need to invest in good consistent batsmen (local) maybe buy uthappa whose a keeper batsmen and get a better skipper if they can get mahela:)

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Siddhartha Talya, you have conveniently forgotten Thisara Perera's all round contribution. He may have had one or two off matches. But how many times did he help the team to put up a respectable score and how many times did he take crucial wickets? His contribution is definitely on par with Steyn's

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

the younger lot are as inconstant as the experienced, except for maybe Karan Sharma.. I would like to see Vihari and Samathray shine next season.. parthiv has found his lost form in the last few matches and the opening pair can be the best!! I say keep the same team, but insist on increasing performances from White, Vihari, Samantray and Ashish Reddy.. they still dont play to the T20 standards, not a good placer or the ball, forget hitting it out of the ground.

Coming to Pune - except for yuvraj and robin I dont think we can really accommodate anymore.. bhuvnesh is good, but we are not looking for bowlers are we?

If cricket is about passion and not money, I will see the same side next year!! :)

Posted by Otuwa on (May 23, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

OMG where is Perera?If SRH release Perera or Sammy they will surely at the 9th place of next season with that Dhawan and Steyn.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (May 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

surely even a kid would know that the best player for SRH was perera. he contributed in all 3 departments of the game & won them a few matches singlehandedly as well. he has the same number of wickets as steyn (in 1 match fewer as well) & also is the most six hitter for SRH. for me he was the real game changer and no wonder he is in the MVP list. weird the writer of this article cant see that. btw i know this wont get posted..

Posted by nagendra1221 on (May 23, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

pick yuvi and uthappa for the next season gud luck SRH

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

the only thing that change SRH to this is Thisara Perera! guys sammy just play few, the diffrence of DC and SRH is thisara! all other are the same!

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (May 23, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Surely the stand out player for SRH is sangakara...for all the wrong reasons...for a player with such outstanding figures at international level, playing soo poor ( in fact worst) is really surprising. I would propose him to retire from all formats of cricket except Test & give a chance to young players. With Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan in such aweful form, the stocks of Srilankan cricket is all but over....god save Srilanka cricket from now on

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

IMO they should retain Sammy and Perera as well along side Dhawan and Steyn and hopefully add some batsman from the Pune Warriors side. Would be interesting to see what happens to Sanju Samson's availability next season. Would be a great pick for SRH team and will occupy the crucial No 4 spot while keeping wickets. Just hope Mumbai and Chennai don't grab players and let them warm the bench. So unfortunate that local talent in the state has such low level. After the likes of Azhar, Laxman and Raju, the state hasn't produced any decent top level cricketers in a long time. Need to see a change there soon.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Can any one say who are in the MVP list best 10 for SRH... Yah you are correct they should not retain Thissara perera... can anyone say how many wickets Thisara and steyn took and who has scored most sixes for SRH...

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Steyn is the best performer.let them say anything but STEYN is the BEST.But u missed J.P DUMINY,,

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

SRH is very good squad, players to retained are DALE,SAMMY,PERIRA,DHAWAN,MISHRA,WHITE, this players are capable of changing game, already had a good local all rounder ashish reddy, and get some indian player who can bring some strength to middle order like yusuf or binny. present team is best but if that middle is strengthen then it would be BEST

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

from pune pick these guys to SRH team

yuvi bhuvi uttapa pandey

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

dhawan steyn mishra sammy reatain them sunrisers

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Darren Sammy added a lot of balance to SRH side. He did good thing of even though his side was in trouble, he bailed them out by scoring runs quickly that actually turned the tide. He also added some more zing to the bowling and his fielding was good.

The problem for SRH was their upper middle order. Vihari & Samantray were good but you need someone experienced there and Cameron White hasn't delivered properly and consistently.

Posted by Narabavi on (May 23, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

"Best Player- without a doubt Dale Steyn"..I have a doubt about that. For me it's Thisara Perera.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Well I hope the Sammy naysayers are listening... as a west indian i am proud of the way sammy has performed... the last match against KKR for instance... while I really would have liked to see RCB advance... it gave me great pleasure to see Sammy play out an over by narine showing that he had his strategy well planned. Good game Sammy.

Posted by Nampally on (May 23, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

SRH was hamstrung because of its batting strength. While its bowling strength was adequate & balanced except for couple of seamers & a lefty spinner, its batting was very poor. Only Dhawan had class. Sanga & white who were supposed to be the leading batsmen failed badly. I would go for 3 good batsmen like Michael Clarke (AUS) & G.Smith (SA Skipper) & Gibbs(SA). This give 2 built in captains + star batsmen. The current SRH seamers were good but Ishant Sharma was v.expensive. A steady bowler like B.Kumar or Mohit Sharma is the need of the hour. The rest of the team waws good enough to shock so many. Actually SRH should have made to the last 3 except for letting the match slip from their hands from 55 for 5. The bowlers could not finish off the rest due to couple of expensive overs. Of course their batting total was low to be competitive but the bowlers made a game of it. With these changes, SRH stands a better chance of winning the IPL. Good Luck SRH & thanks for a great performance!

Posted by Ruchiralk on (May 23, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Lol no mention of Thisara Perera, forget Steyn. If it wasn't for his Batting and bowling then SRH would be no where near qualifying for the play offs. Perera played less matches than Steyn and Mishra and is SRH's 2nd highest wicket taker and 4th highes run scorer for SRH. He was a very good buy this year.

Posted by bragg on (May 23, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

bring bhuvneshwar kumar and yuvraj singh in from warriors team, then IPL2014 will be ours withoubt any doubt.

Posted by cricket-india on (May 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

an unfinished article; no mention of samantray's successes, vhiari's failures and raviteja's omission despite vihari's failures. recommended for retention would be practically the whole team except vihari of course.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@ tweaky & chinnu - DC already had venugopal rao & t. suman both arent that talented, better than vihari on level with biplap but way worse than rohit & dhawan. Ojha also isnt that good, why try to get him again when we have mishra/k. sharma? Theres no way rayudu will play for SRH as he has problem with HCA.

If 4 players can be retained than I say go with dhawan/mishra & steyn & either perera/sammy. Perera would be better choice but try to get sammy again if he is cheap as he could lead the side otherwise give it to dhawan so no situation like sanga/ponting happens. If possible try to retain biplap,ashish & k.sharma + keep eye on aksat I think he has more talent that vihari but if vihari improves then great but if he bats below 100SR again then cut him loose.

From what it seems PWI might be gone so we should try to aim for uthappa & yuvi. Robin scored 400+ runs much better out batsmen but price is issue. I hope SRH get decent players, not like DC. Who wasted money on non performers.

Posted by sweetiepaper on (May 23, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Shows that in the batting-favoured T20. A good bowling side can also do it. Steyn was great as expected. But Sammy & Perera was the difference.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Perera is not in retention list. Wow. He largely contributed to the Sunrises success . Bowling good spells, taking wickets and with superior batting in hard situations. He bowled awesome spell in the last match. Very biased article.

Posted by alawi1234 on (May 23, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

i think they must retain perera and mishra too

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Poor review in my mind.Missed to mentioned the two most impact players they had in the team.Thissara and Sammy was the difference for SRH.No doubt there.Spcially Thissara was the unsung hero in that team.He always made the impact SRH needed with Bat or ball and even sometimes with great fielding.Sammy was not much behind in the last half of the tournament as well.SRH need to find a good local batsman and a good local death bowler to suppport Stayn.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

I recommend The SRH management to retain most of the players from current squad Parthiv Patel, S.Dhawan, Sammy, Perera, Steyn, White/sanga, A mishra, Samantray

SRH should scout for the local talent also Ibrahim khaleel is a good wicket keeper batsmen, Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny are also local guys and will bring more crowd.

Hanuma vihari played well but need to improve the strike rate and should get some big hitting too

Posted by 504429641 on (May 23, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

If the rules of retention are same as they were at 2011 auction (max. 4 players with max. two foreign, can be retained), then I feel SRH should retain the following players: Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn and Sammy/Perera. Dhawan, Mishra, Steyn are automatic picks. The 4th player could be either Sammy or Perera; both are good all-rounders. They can be finishers with bat and can bowl their quota of 4 overs. If Sammy is chosen, then he can even captain the team. But long term goal would be to make an Indian as captain. And of-course definitely (as most of the guys here agree), they should go for some good Indian batsmen and one good reliable foreign batsman in the auction. Then the team will have good balance between bat and ball. All the best for SRH for rest of the seasons

Posted by nagendra1221 on (May 23, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

do the sammy as captain remaining 3 are styne, perera and duminy then their batting wil strengthen

Posted by Uppercut07 on (May 23, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

so a guy called Thisara Perera was SITTING ON THE BENCH then? Second Highest wicket taker for SRH and 2nd highest run scorer!!!!!!!!! 4th on the MVP list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SL_Boy on (May 23, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Can you guys release Thisara Perera

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

The only difference between Deccan Chargers(Who were in bottom of the table for 3 seasons) and SRH is Thisra Perera and Sammy.Dale Steyn,Mishra and Shikar were already in DC camapign and couldn't do anything.Best Thing happened to SRH is Moody becoming the coach and Perara coming in to the team.And yet no word about them.My retentions are Dale Steyn and Thisara Perera.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Very well done SRH. I would also retain Mishra(for sure) and one of Sammy/Ishant. When you can retain 4, why not? these guys will go for big bucks in the next auction.

Posted by Tweaky on (May 23, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Sammy and Perera were among the smartest buys this auction, and they served SRH really well through the season. One should not forget the contributions of the likes of Vihari, Samantray and Amit Mishra - all of whom came out with one man of the match award each. For retaining, Steyn and Dhawan are obvious choice. But SRH should go CSK route and also look to retain all the names I spoke about above - Mishra, Sammy, Perera, Vihari, Samantray and Karan S. The core will remain same, continuing the connect the fans have with the team. They need to look at two solid indian batsmen (even likes of Venugopal rao and Suman will do), and one really good dependable foreign batsman.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Dale Steyn,Shikhar Dhawan and Amit Mishra should be retained by the team. All these 3 players have turned out to be match winners for SRH.

Posted by crazyforpool on (May 23, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

What Sunrisers really need is a good Batsman Captain! Some strong player who can Bat & Captain - MSD anyone? Raina can take over the responsibility of captaining CSK - he has enuf experience! Getting Dhoni to Captain Sunrisers (keeping current team intact) will do wonders!!! That'll make the competition even more competitive...Its only fair to get at least 1 more star player in Sunrisers side...

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Even though I am not from Rajasthan, I have supported RR right from season 1. This year, I found myself warming up to SRH also. I liked their spunk and their energy and how the team worked together, seemed to celebrate each other's successes and gelled on the field. They had their share of bad decisions (imagine sitting Sammy out for the first many games while they had a total non-performer like Sangakarra in the team!). But the bowling was fantastic and made SRH's games watchable. Goes to show that good bowling can be rivetting; not just mindless sixes hit on small grounds (like by RCB's Big Three at the Chinnaswamy!).

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Why isn't Parthiv Patel not at all mentioned?

Posted by ladycricfan on (May 23, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

If you (SRH) release Steyn, we(CSK' Ian's) will by him.

Posted by vallavarayar on (May 23, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Team with a nonexistent batting lineup stole the thunder.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

I cant see Mishra/Perera/Sammy for retention

Posted by Ahgg on (May 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Do not agree here with writers best player as steyn. No doubt he was an impact player who was largely depending on reputation. But he lacked wicket taking abilities in his first spell and clearly lacks the Yorker. Although some could argue that batsmen chose to play him safe and not give him thier wickets. Thisara Perera to me was the unsung hero for srh for sure. It's a shame he is not even mentioned here in the bowling analysis. Not only did he end up amongst top 10 wicket takers he was also amongst the top 5 in srh batting charts. Not to mention the catches he took. Definitely the best player for srh.

Posted by ravi_hari on (May 23, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

IPL6 has thrown a challenge or two for all the teams. Do you really need stars to win? Do you really need to invest on Overseas players to do well? The answer for both as SRH and RR have proved is be selective in picking overseas players and groom youngsters. Both the teams used the local talents very well and succeeded to send star teams packing. They used home conditions well and that helped them to reach the knockouts. SRH in particular should be voted the best team as they had very little time to re-group after their owners changed and had very little time to understand each other to perform as a team. Credit goes to Moody and a lot to Laxman and Srikant to inculcate team spirit. However, all three basically batsmen should take the blame for not creating a reliable batting line-up. That should be the focus for SRH next season and if they make a couple of intelligent buys will be very difficult to beat. Well done SRH on debut wanting to see you reach the top soon. All the very best.

Posted by Pathiyal on (May 23, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

the opening was not so effective if you look at the lost games, its due to their slow batting! their bowlers esp. Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra were delightful to watch throughout the series. But the most impressive aspect this year was the way their captain Cameroon White lead the side quitely into the play-offs. He deserves accolades for what he has done for the team replacing Kumar Sangakkara who is usually out of form when playing IPLs :-)

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

I think Sammy should also be retained, he brings in lot of energy to the team. Great Fielder, handy bowler and an able death over batsman. It is because of his power hitting, SRH could post many defend-able targets.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

So Thisara Perera did nothing ?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Cant belive not a work mentioned about the most valuable player nominee from sunrises, thisara perera. Without him sunrises wouldnt have reached this far.

Posted by chinnu_rocking231 on (May 23, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

SRH was the team to watch out in this IPL!!!! if they got services of duminy or any t20 splst batsmen situ should have more convenient for them.I feel Steyn and Dhawan can be retained and also i look to keep mishi basing on other teams retentions....if thy are no going to leave out their spinners , we cna keep mishi instead of getting him in auction again One more suggestion to management is pls try to bring back Venugopala Rao,Suman, Rayudu ojha back to Hyderabad franchise and see the difference ...

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Sunrisers local recruits like Hanuma Vihari aren't good enough, whatever the so-called experts commentating might say. Akshit Reddy performed only marginally better. They need to find right local talent for next season. Also, Ishant Sharma was ordinary. He never came across as a thinking cricketer and only succeeded where conditions favored his type of bowling. Lastly, time for Sangakkara to hang up his boots. With some tweaks here and there, Sunrisers can continue to be a surprise package for their opponents next season too. Good (better) luck for next season!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Ishant Shrama should also be retained.

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