Sunrisers Hyderabad is one team that people often miss out on, whenever they are talking about the most consistent outfits in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sunrisers Hyderabad made their debut in the 2013 edition of the cash-rich league. They have played seven editions since and have managed to reach the playoffs for as many as five teams. They outplayed everyone to win the title in the 2016 edition.
Under the leadership of David Warner, SRH would be aiming for their second title ahead of IPL 2020. Sunrisers Hyderabad has a stellar top order comprising the likes of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. But they do have match-winners in the middle-order who could win them games if the top-order fails?
Manish Pandey is there to feel confident about. But who else? They have some new talents with the likes of Priyam Garg. It remains to be seen how they perform this year.
The spin department will once again be led by Rashid Khan. He will get the support from Shahbaz Nadeem and Mohammad Nabi. Given Nabi’s form and the conditions in UAE, he might get a nod ahead of Williamson this year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the pace attack. He would get the support of his other Indian allies such as Siddarth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed.
Here’s a look at the strongest playing XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2020:
Openers: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow
For the last two seasons, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been a revelation for SRH at the top of the order. The duo strung several watch-winning partnerships together. The team management would not want to tinker the opening combination. At least for the first few games of the season.
Middle-order: Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar
Experienced campaigners with the likes of Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey would make a strong middle-order for SRH, this year. All three are great players of spin bowling and could prove to be vital in the middle order for SRH.
All-rounder: Mohammad Nabi
Given his recent form and the conditions in UAE, Mohammad Nabi is likely to take Williamson’s place in the eleven. He could give the flourish the side needs in the death overs. His spin bowling prowess isn’t a secret either.
Spinners: Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem
Rashid Khan will once again lead the spin department. His four overs would prove to vital for the side. He is likely to share the spin bowling duties along with Shahbaz Nadeem in IPL 2020.
Fast-bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed
Possessing a lot of variations in their armory, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma are likely to benefit a lot from UAE surfaces. Khaleel Ahmed, who would give a bit of a variety to the pace attack, should make it as the third seamer in the side.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad for IPL 2020:
Kane Williamson, David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Abhishek Sharma, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Mitchell Marsh, Bavanaka Sandeep, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Rashid Khan.
Strongest Playing Eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad:
- David Warner (C) ✈
- Jonny Bairstow ✈
- Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
- Manish Pandey
- Vijay Shankar
- Mohammad Nabi ✈
- Rashid Khan ✈
- Shahbaz Nadeem
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Sandeep Sharma
- Khaleel Ahmed