The 10th edition of the cash-rich, much-hyped, most celebrated T20 league across the world will commence from April 5, 2017. And the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be brimming with confidence to continue their stellar show and become only the second team to lift the title consecutive times. Led by Australia’s diminutive batsman David Warner, the team have added two of Afghanistan’s talismanic cricketers in their ranks. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi will don an IPL jersey for the first time. This will not only do world of good to their confidence, but it will be a huge boost to an Associate Nation such as Afghanistan.
SRH made their debut in this T20 spectacle in 2013, after the previous Hyderabad franchisee Deccan Chargers were terminated as they failed to fulfil their commitments. However, now owned by Sun TV channel’s Kalanithi Maran, the team’s home ground is Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
All the same, the team boasts of top-class international players. From India’s Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ashish Nehra to New Zealand’s Kane Williamson to Australia’s Ben Cutting, the team has class-apart cricketers in their armoury. Captain Warner was the second highest run-scorer of the previous season, only behind the staggering Virat Kohli. He scored 848 runs at 38.32, including 9 half-centuries. To add to it, he has Dhawan as his opening partner, who scored 501 runs at 38.5 inclusive of 4 half-centuries.
The team has a strong brigade of pacers. With Nehra as the spearhead, they have Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Jordon, among others. Above all, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended up as the highest wicket-taker of the season. He took 23 wickets at 7.42.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Schedule
|Apr-08||Kings XI Punjab||Rising Pune Supergiant||Indore||4:00 PM||Sat|
|Apr-10||Kings XI Punjab||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Indore||8:00 PM||Mon|
|Apr-13||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata||8:00 PM||Thu|
|Apr-15||Delhi Daredevils||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi||8:00 PM||Sat|
|Apr-17||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kings XI Punjab||Hyderabad||8:00 PM||Mon|
|Apr-20||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai Indians||Indore||8:00 PM||Thu|
|Apr-23||Gujarat Lions||Kings XI Punjab||Rajkot||4:00 PM||Sun|
|Apr-28||Kings XI Punjab||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mohali||8:00 PM||Fri|
|Apr-30||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi Daredevils||Mohali||4:00 PM||Sun|
|May-05||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kings XI Punjab||Bengaluru||8:00 PM||Fri|
|May-07||Kings XI Punjab||Gujarat Lions||Mohali||8:00 PM||Sun|
|May-09||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata Knight Riders||Mohali||8:00 PM||Tue|
|May-11||Mumbai Indians||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai||8:00 PM||Thu|
|May-14||Rising Pune Supergiant||Kings XI Punjab||Pune||4:00 PM||Sun|
Sunrisers Hyderabad squad: David Warner (c), Naman Ojha (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman, Bipul Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Barinder Sran, Moises Henriques, Ricky Bhui, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, Tanmay Agarwal, Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Siraj, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin