Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2014 preview April 17, 2014

Hyderabad buoyed by batting investments

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu

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Hyderabad team preview

Probable first XI

1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Aaron Finch, 3 David Warner, 4 Naman Ojha (wk), 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Karn Sharma, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Ishant Sharma.

2013 finish

A formidable bowling attack masked inadequacies in batting to guide Hyderabad as far as the eliminator match on tournament debut.

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Not since Rajasthan did an underdog gain as much following as Hyderabad. The fans liked the world's most fearsome fast bowler playing treasure hunt with match tickets. They ate up one of the most brutal hitters of the ball playing with a pacifier. The locals would have especially enjoyed reversing a woeful home record. Their previous avatar lost 17 out of 20 matches in Hyderabad. This outfit lost only one. Hyderabad would have only four opportunities to build on that though, considering the bulk of their matches are scheduled in the UAE and at away venues in India.

Expectations would still be high courtesy a good auction. David Warner and Aaron Finch form a frightening threat at the top and should they fire, Hyderabad's average of 144 while batting first will undergo significant redecoration. The Australia duo's recent T20 form and a dodgy reputation against spin means an asterisk is probably needed against that prediction.

They have depth in bowling, but will need to find a useful partner among the gaggle of medium-pacers for Dale Steyn in the final overs. Ishant Sharma was an able new-ball partner in 2013 and would hope for a good season, especially after being ignored for the World T20 which led him to contemplate ODI retirement.

Amit Mishra managed to replicate his IPL form - he is the second-highest wicket-taker - for India in recent times and will lead the Hyderabad spin attack. The economical Karn Sharma will be his deputy and their partnership could find help from UAE pitches that have handled a considerable amount of cricket over the last six months.

Big players

Dale Steyn is cricket's answer to the Hulk. His terrifying efficiency made him the lynchpin of Hyderabad's success and it was no surprise that he was among the those the franchise retained. They will be hoping he can continue the form he showed in Bangladesh during the World T20.

A resurgent Shikhar Dhawan twirled his moustache into Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year. Injury sidelined him from the majority of last season but this year he would complete one of the best top orders in the tournament, if those cover drives are not hampered by the burden of captaincy.

Bargain buy

The only offspinner in the side Parvez Rasool (INR 95 lakh) is also a handy lower-order batsman. He leads his state side Jammu & Kashmir and comes into the competition on the back of 139 runs and five wickets in five matches, with an economy under six in India's domestic T20 tournament.


All fit, and with no international commitments.


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Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Arun on April 18, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    SRH in Batting Order 1. A.Finch, 2. S.Dhawan, 3. (i)R.Bhui / (ii)V.Rao, 4. D.Warner, 5. (i)N.Ojha / (ii)KL.Rahul, 6. D.Sammy, 7. (i)I.Pathan / (ii)P.Rasool,, 8. K.Sharma, 9. A.Misra, 10. D.Steyn, 11. (i)B.Kumar / (ii)I.Sharma

    Team have one of the strongest bownling line up and foreign players. But laking on the Indian Batsman. It will be good chance for young players to learn the skill from the experienced players. Have firepower in both bowling and bating but stability and sustaiability over long run under cards.

    All the best SRH for IPL 2014.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    My plying eleven with batting Order Dhawan, finch, Ojha, Warner, Venu Gopal, Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Rasool, Steyn, Amit Mishra, Bhuvi..! It is a Perfect Balanced side..with 4 specialist batsman at Top who are capable Of tearing any bowling attack in the world.. There could be some Late fireworks provided by Sammy,Pathan and Rasool.. Rasool is also a handy allrounder.. And I see No point in playing both leg spinners-Amit mishra And Karan sharma.. FurtherMore Rasool is a More Than Handy Off spinner with Various Variations..! And You just cannot write off Irfan Pathan for an off colour Ishant sharma. Pathan Provides an all-round performance. He has the capability to stirke the ball to long distances And thus..his presence strengthens the Lower order batting And gives a Balanced Look to this formidable side PS. SRH looks like a strong contender for this years IPL Title.!

  • Sundhar on April 18, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Probable 11 makes no sense at all. Do you need 7 bowlers in a T20 match? Either Irfan or Ishant must sitout and Juneja or Venu must play. Also I want Shikhar to play at one-down since he is relatively good player of spin and he can control the middle overs. They look really strong. Their strength is their bowling, which remains almost unchanged compared to last season. Only their batting has strengthened significantly. If they could make the playoffs with guys like Vihari, there is no reason why they can't with this lineup.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    My playing 11: Dhawan, Warner, Flinch, Venugopal/Rahul/Juneja, Ojha, Sammy, Karn/Parveej, Bhuvneshwar, Mishra, Steyn, Ishant/Irfan. Cannot go with both Ishant and Irfan as a specialist middle order batsman is required. Ishant is sure to play first few games.

  • sree on April 18, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    SRH team management should think this way:

    Top 3: Warner, Dhawan, Ojha

    Middle 3: Finch, Sammy, Pathan

    Lower 5: Rasool, Mishra, Kumar, Karn, Steyn

    SRH have two issues. Weakest link is their belly. Their success will be defined by how they place their batting order to bolster the middle. The above order takes care of this issue. Second is whether they pick 6 specialist batsman or go for an all rounder in Rasool. They can experiment this slot as they play out

  • Ullas on April 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    hahahhhh..! 6 bowlers for SRH

  • anuraag on April 18, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    The Probable playing XI doesnt make any sense. Why do you need 7 bowlers?? You can include the likes of RK Bhui / Anirudha / Juneja / Venugopal Rao.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    middle order is not so strong......they have to utilize their allrounder like rasool, irfan pathan in the middle order........bowling is ok...........

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    If this team can find a solid middle order batsman, it will lift the cup for sure. A good spin attack with Amit, Karn and Parvez and speed gun Steyn, economic Bhuvi, and handy medium pace balls from sammy and irfan. Leggies will surprise this game a lot.Look at the all rounders they bought sammy. irfan, henrique, and parvez. These guys can be handy at any time.Many impact players including warner,Finch,Sammy and irfan. SRH is a favorite one for all.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @Suresh Reddy - This year the Indian batting talent isn't as bad as previous years. Considering that Dhawan, Warner and Finch will be top 3, Sammy at 6 and Pathan at 7, Sunrisers only need to find no 4 and 5. And I believe they have some good options there. They can play any 2 out of Naman Ojha, Manpreet Juneja, Venugopal Rao and LK Rahul. Those are some good talents. I would prefer Rahul (he is the future of Indian cricket and players T20 really well) and Juneja at 4 and 5. I don't think Sunriser will play both BHuvi Kumar and Ishant Sharma. It doesn't make sense to go with 5 pace bowlers (Pathan, Steyn, Istant, Bhuvi and Sammy) and 2 spinners (Mishra and Karn). Those are too many bowlers.

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