Sunrisers Hyderabad have been making the playoffs consistently but haven’t been able to replicate their 2016 performance when they went on to win the title under the captaincy of David Warner. However, things have changed and SRH dropped Warner as their captain and announced Kane Williamson as their skipper following a torrid start to their IPL 2021 season.
Only Jonny Bairstow from the SRH top-order has been among the runs while the likes of Warner and Manish Pandey struggled to consistently score runs and help the team. That has hurt SRH badly as they continued to lose games before the season came to an end.
Before the IPL came to an abrupt end, Hyderabad played 7 matches, winning one and losing six and have a net run-rate of -0.623
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: David Warner, Kane Williamson (C), Virat Singh, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Sreevats Goswami, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Kedar Jadhav, J Suchit, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Here is a SWOT analysis of the DC team based on their performances in this year’s IPL so far.
Hyderabad have not managed to show any position of strength this season. All their strong suits have not turned up. The likes of Warner, Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma have all failed to win games for their team.
OUT OF FORM TOP-ORDER: Nobody other than Bairstow (248 runs from 7 games) have quite scored runs for Hyderabad. While both Warner and Pandey have scored two fifties each, they haven’t been able to grab the game by the scruff of its neck and win it for them.
LACK OF MATCH WINNERS IN MIDDLE-ORDER: Sunrisers have always been a team which has won matches with its bowling but with the bowlers struggling and top-order not scoring enough runs, the onus is always on the middle-order to win games but despite some experienced name in Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar, they haven’t been able to affect games largely.
FLAT BOWLING: Sunrisers’ bowlers have not turned up this season. Barring Rashid Khan, not a single bowler has managed to take more than four wickets this season.
MANISH PANDEY: Manish Pandey has been in and out of the Indian team but never quite made himself a mainstay in the side. However, with Shreyas Iyer injured and recovering from an injury, Pandey could look to put in a strong performance and stake a claim in the Indian World T20 side.
KHALEEL AHMED: Khaleel Ahmed played well in patches in the tournament but lost his place as a left-arm pacer in the Indian side to T Natarajan. However, a good IPL can restore him into national reckoning again.
PLAYERS BACKING OUT: With coronavirus still a presence in the world, the likes of Warner, Williamson might make themselves unavailable ahead of the World T20, which is scheduled to be played later this year in October-November. Along with the Australians and Kiwis, the Englishmen can also become unavailable as the English Cricket Board (ECB) isn’t ready to let their players available for the second half of the IPL.
IPL 2021 is scheduled to return on September 19 and will be played till October 15 in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in 27 days.