The 2016 Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad would love to retain some players from their current squad. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan were Hyderabad’s prolific run scorers in the last 4 seasons. Yuvi was good in the middle order.
The strength of Sunrisers is their bowling unit. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sensational over the last 2 seasons while the Afghani wonder kid Rashid Khan mesmerized opponents with his leg spin last year.
Carrying on their successful run in the tournament and learning from their past seasons, the team will look forward to winning the IPL title for the second time.
Here are the players that Sunrisers Hyderabad should absolutely retain (3 retention + 2 RTM card) for the 2018 season:
1. David Warner
David Warner has been the pillar of the Hyderabad based franchise since he was bought by the team in 2014. Apart from leading from the front as a captain, he has scored tons of runs for the team and fired on the top, giving SRH an accelerated start in almost every inning. A hard-hitter of the ball, Warner blows away the opposition on his day.
David Warner will be the first player in the list of three to be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their talismanic captain has scored more than 600 runs in the last edition of Indian Premier League season and one of the most consistent players in IPL. He single-handedly won them many games and one of the most devastating batsmen in world cricket right now.
David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in 2016. Starting off as a hard-hitting opening batsman, Warner adapted well to Indian conditions and played the captains role to perfection. He is one player in the squad no-one would like to lose.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
The left-handed batsman from Delhi is David Warner’s partner in crime. He plays a perfect foil to Warner’s aggression and helps steady the Sunrisers batting lineup. Dhawan’s role is to play the anchor, and let the batsmen at other end play aggressively. With Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques in the middle order, Dhawan’s role is an important one for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He has been consistent over the last 4 Indian Premier League season for SRH scoring 300+ runs in each of the four seasons. A stylish left-hander with the ability to read the game and play accordingly. He is good against spin and has every shot in the book to be a perfect Twenty20 player.
3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the mainstay of the Sunrisers bowling attack over the last four seasons. He does the tough job of bowling in the power-play and in the death overs. He can swing the new ball prodigiously and has a brilliant yorker. He took 26 wickets in the 2016 Indian Premier League season and finished as the highest wicket-taker.
No bowler in Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken more wickets than Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last four seasons combined. He has an economy rate of 7 which is excellent for a bowler who bowls in power play and in death.
If he goes into the auction, he could cost a fortune for any team that wishes to take him. SRH will not be likely to take that risk.
4. Rashid Khan
The 18-year-old Afghani leg-spinner has been a revelation in the 2017 edition of Indian Premier League and the first player from Afghanistan to play in the competition.
He was an unknown commodity to many before the IPL but surprised everyone with his skill. He mesmerised most batsmen in the IPL with his variations and dismissed some of the best batsmen in the world like Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith.
His economy was second best among bowlers who took more than 15 wickets. He met the expectations of the Hyderabad based franchise who would look to get him back in the Sunrisers’ camp.
5. Yuvraj Singh
SRH bought Yuvraj Singh in 2016 of IPL Auction for ₹7,00,00,000.
Since then he has been very handy for SRH in the middle order, he had a very successful IPL campaign with the Sunrisers Hyderabad after winning the 2016 Indian Premier League, he also put a strong performance in the final after scoring 38 runs from 23 balls.
They should retain Yuvraj to strengthen their middle order..