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Sunrisers Hyderabad: Team Profile

    • 51 posts
    April 15, 2014 7:09 AM IST
    The Deccan Chargers franchise was scrapped for the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League to make way for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The latest entrants had an impressive debut season with consistent showings throughout the tournament before they finished fourth. With quality resources brimming up the team, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side will be aiming to go even further in the seventh edition of the league.


    As coach Tom Moody and mentor Kris Srikkanth pointed out, Hyderabad's main strength comes from the fact that they managed to retain the core of their 2013 squad while they also added extra fire-power to the further boost their team. Led by Dhawan, who was the leading run-scorer for his side in the last edition, Hyderabad have a good mix of quality international players and seasoned Indian stars.

    Their batting was the weak-link in the previous season, but that won't be the case this year as they have a good number of proven performers in the line-up. An explosive top order with the presence of Aaron Finch, David Warner and the skipper, a balanced middle order with the experienced Y Venugopal Rao along with young talents like Manpreet Juneja and Ricky Bhui and a strong lower order with Darren Sammy and Irfan Pathan, Hyderabad are definitely a force to reckon with.

    If their batting looks a formidable unit, their bowling oozes even more class - Dale Steyn leads the pace attack which also has Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, apart from the all-rounders Sammy and Pathan. Hyderabad are also well-stacked in the spin department with the presence of Amit Mishra, Parveez Rasool and Karn Sharma, while they have quality options for the wicket-keeper's position - Brendan Taylor, Naman Ojha and Lokesh Rahul. Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera may no longer be part of the Sunrisers franchise, but their absence will hardly matter for this well-rounded team.


    While on paper Hyderabad appear a strong outfit, they do have some weaknesses, especially at the top. Their captain had a poor T20 WC and India were forced to leave him out during the latter stages. David Warner too disappointed in that tournament, registering low scores in his first three outings before managing 48 against Bangladesh.

    Another factor that is perceived as a weakness is the captaincy of Dhawan. The left-hander is slightly inexperienced when it comes to leadership qualities, which was evident in the way he captained the side during the 2013 Champions League. The South Indian franchise has sufficient mentors and experienced players who can assist Dhawan but how he puts that to use remains to be seen.


    As Deccan Chargers, they clinched the trophy in 2009 but that apart, they hardly made their presence felt in the Indian Premier League. However, as Sunrisers Hyderabad, they have the opportunity to make amends for that. They were impressive in the previous edition and Hyderabad will be looking to build on that and come up with an even better showing this time.


    Like with any side, Hyderabad too have to avoid the complacency factor from creeping in. In the previous season, Hyderabad did not have a good away record and tended to rely a lot on slow, spin friendly wickets at home - a strategy that can back-fire.

    Team History:

    As Deccan Chargers
    Best performance: Winners in 2009
    Worst performance: Wooden Spoon in 2008
    Other seasons: 2010 - finished 2nd in the group stage, lost the semi-final against Chennai and lost the 3rd place play-off against Bangalore, 2011 - finished 7th in the group stage, 2012 - finished 8th in the group stage.

    As Sunrisers
    Finished 4th in the 2013 edition.


    Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Y Venugopal Rao, Manpreet Juneja, Ricky Bhui, S. Anirudha, Moises Henriques, Karn Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Darren Sammy, Parveez Rasool, Naman Ojha, Brendan Taylor, Amit Paunikar, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dale Steyn, Ashish Reddy, Jason Holder, Amit Mishra, Chama Milind, Prasanth Parameswaran
    • 30 posts
    May 17, 2014 9:43 AM IST

    rely sunrises have a gud opurtunty they can win any match if tey wrk hard stillllllll

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