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Dhawan to lead Sunrisers in IPL 2014

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March 24, 2014

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Shikhar Dhawan sweeps to the leg side, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Hyderabad, May 1, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan was one of the two players retained by Sunrisers before the auction © BCCI
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Shikhar Dhawan will lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014, while Darren Sammy, West Indies' T20 captain, has been appointed vice-captain.

While Dhawan was one of the two players retained by the franchise before the IPL auction, Sammy was bought back for Rs 3.5 crore (approx. $583,000) using the Right to Match card.

Sunrisers were led by Kumar Sangakkara for most of their first IPL season last year, with Cameron White also captaining in a few games. Both players, however, are not a part of the team for 2014 and the leadership roles have been given to Dhawan and Sammy, who contributed heavily to the team's fourth-place finish in the league.

Dhawan was the highest run-getter for Sunrisers, with 311 runs in 10 innings at 38.87, in spite of missing a few games due to injury. Sammy, who arrived late due to the birth of his daughter, scored 174 runs at an average of 29.00 and took eight wickets in 10 matches.

The first leg of IPL 2014 will be played in the UAE with the tournament kicking off on April 16.

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Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Preferring Pervez Rasool in place of out of form Irfan Pathan is a better choice i think

Posted by veshraj on (March 29, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

i think dhawan is also sutaible but in this one 1. Shikar Dhawan [ captain ] 2. Aaron Finch 3. David warner 4. Naman Ojha [ wk ] 5. Breandon Taylor / Darrren Sammy 6. Karn sharma / Manpreet Juneja / venu gopal Rao / KL rahul 7. IRfan pathan 8. Amit mishra 9. BHuvaneshwer kumar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. DALE STEYN in place of karan sharma ........... darren sammy should be kepta so that brendon taylor and sammy can play well in a game

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

Sammy better option, he is more experienced and a senior player. It is too early for Dhawan to captain a team, the same holds true for Rohit to captain MI..

Posted by Naveen0187 on (March 26, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Happy to see SRH appointing Sammy as leader deputy to Dhawan. For atleast first phase of the tournament, Playing XI must be Dhawan, Fintch, Warner, Naman Oja/ KL Rahul, Venu Gopal Rao, Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Parvez Rasool/Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Bhuvi Kumar, Dale Styne.

UAE pitches are on the slower side, therefore, spinner will do the best job for any team. See the performances of pakistani spinners (performance in UAE) as the evidence...

Posted by narangoda86 on (March 26, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

I think they have to choose sanga and white....This is not a fair decission

Posted by theodore12 on (March 26, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

David warner should open.

Posted by Nampally on (March 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

@Susmitha Olga Eric: You are correct.Taylor is WK/Batsman but SRH need an option in case Taylor is not available. Ishant may not get regular chance. SRH may opt for regulars in Kumar, Steyn & Pathan in pace on the home pitch + Karan & Mishra in spin. With Ojha being an opener, there are options for rotation as well to strengthen the middle order. Warner, Finch & Taylor are options with Sammy intermittent choice. Rasool is also an all round option & will play in few games. So the SRH side is far more versatile than last year's team. Some people are commenting on Captaincy decision. Dhawan is the right choice because he led the batting last year. Also Bowling rotation & field setting are all pre determined. So a T20 Captain does not have time for much thinking on his feet except to place right guys in the catching & running positions. Improvisation & putting your best foot forward during 3 hour match wins the day for you. SRH is a strong team & will be competing for the top 4. Go SRH!

Posted by palvali on (March 26, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

This would be my 11

1. Dhawan 2. Warner 3. Finch 4. Sammy 5. Juneja/AshishReddy/KarnSharma/VenugopalRao 6. Naman Ojha 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Amit Mishra 9. Dale Steyn 10. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 11. Ishant Sharma

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

@Nampally, I thought Brendon Taylor was a WK batsman. Why does Sunrisers need another keeper in their 11? They do have Ojha anyway. Dhawan,Finch, Warner,Taylor, Juneja/Rao/KL Rahul/Ojha (depending upon their form),Pathan, Bhuvi, Rasool, Mishra, Ishant, Steyn. If anyone had told me that Ishant Sharma and Steyn would be in the same bowling unit, I would have killed him. The IPL has made the impossible happen. Sharma doesn't deserve to be where he is. The luck of being a tall Indian who fills everybody including himself about his 'PACE'! lol!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Dhawan is a fixed member in team xi....where sammy is not fixed in team.... beacause if it is a batting pitch we need to replace sammy by BREANDON TAYLOR who is a specialist batsmen so dhawan should be captain for SRH sammy should help dhawan by giving suggestions.......

according to my view team should be

1. Shikar Dhawan [ captain ]

2. Aaron Finch

3. David warner

4. Naman Ojha [ wk ]

5. Breandon Taylor / Darrren Sammy

6. Karn sharma / Manpreet Juneja / venu gopal Rao / KL rahul

7. IRfan pathan

8. Amit mishra

9. BHuvaneshwer kumar

10. Ishant Sharma


Posted by Nampally on (March 25, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Nice to see an Indian Captaining SRH. IPL should be a tourney for training more Indian Captains. Last year there were as many as 3 or 4 SL Captains. Why can't Indians lead from the front on their own home grown Tourney? Some have even felt that Sammy should lead this side. I have a feeling with so many better bowlers in SRH, Sammy will struggle to keep his place regularly in XI. B.Kumar, I.Pathan, I.Sharma & Steyn are likely to be the 4 pace bowlers. Mishra & Karan Sharma are likely spinners. This leaves opening for 3 foreign Pros- Warner, Taylor & Finch/Sammy + WK + local opening bat, Dhawan. This team is stronger than the last year with more established local players & much stronger attacking opening bats. Middle order batting is little weak with just Taylor, Finch, Pathan followed by 5 bowlers +WK. Last year SRH reached last 4. This year they have a better chance of repeating it. Good Luck SRH!

Posted by Rajeshj on (March 25, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Laughable decision by SRH.. They did the best thing by axing below-par performers like Sangakkara and White.. What happened to them now??? Dhawan appeared a bit like a Sehwag-type genius last year.. But he has been terribly exposed by decent attacks in this one year and its better to stop calling him as a great talent.. Of course, he would do well in IPL on the flat Indian pitches .. But to be considered as a leader is just way too much.. I think SRH has cleverly appointed Sammy as vice-captain... SRH can possibly win only if they give leadership to Sammy... Dhawan is a hopeless case..

Posted by Aashiyer on (March 24, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Please. Dhawan is a TERRIBLE captain,even you SRH fans have to agree. @Anil CA7, Parveez Rasool is not even a national level spinner. Irfan is not in form, SRH, please find better batsmen rather then the three mentioned above. Aashiyer

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (March 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Bad - Very Bad decision on part of SRH. No doubt Dhawan is very good and gifted batsman in all the 3 formats and he seems to be a good person too... But that does not mean he should lead the team. Me being a SRH fan im disapponted to see Dhawan as a leader coz this will be additional responsibility on his part and it will surly affect his natual game coz this is extra burden. We all have seen during 2013 he is not a good or a born leader. Lets hope leadership will not effect his natural stokes. For me Finch or Sammy would have been perfect to lead SRH. Regardless of how many internationl stars SRH may have still Dhawan will be SRH's main batsman. I will be glad if im proven wrong... Anyways goodluck to Dhawan and SRH... I have a storng feeling that SRH and DD will be the teams to watchout during this season and ofcourse Kings XI too.

Posted by Anil CA7 on (March 24, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

rock on sun risers.. we have best top order(dhawan,finch,warner), one of the best opening bowlers(steyn,bhuvi,Irfan), one of the best spinners(Amit Mishra and parveez rasool).. do ur best guys..

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