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Defending the Crown: A Sunrisers Hyderabad Post-Auction & Pre-Season Review

On April 5th 2017, IPL will begin its 10th edition, meaning that it’s time to begin talking about how the teams line up. This article, as well as the 7 following it, will discuss auction performances, as well as key players and lineups for each team.

SRH were largely dependent on David Warner for their runs. Image credits: espncricinfo.com

The Sunrisers Hyderabad put up a dominating show to register their maiden IPL victory. Building on the star performances of the accurate Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the devastating David Warner and, of course, the peerless Mustafizur Rahman, SRH managed to end a streak of mediocre performances to finally seize the cup.

Approaching 2017, however, it is impossible to overlook certain issues that appeared in their lineup during the 2016 campaign. First and foremost was the middle order — While Warner and Shikhar Dhawan both had seasons to remember, none of the other SRH batsmen managed to put together substantial runs. Yuvraj Singh had his moments, but the rest of SRH’s middle order could neither score consistently nor at a quick rate. The two main culprits of this were Deepak Hooda (144 runs from 17 games; SR 119.00 & Avg 10.28) and Naman Ojha (136 runs from 17 games; SR 98.55 & Avg 13.60). Even overseas recruits Eoin Morgan (123 from 7 games @ 117.14) and Kane Williamson (124 from 6 games @ 101.63) flattered to deceive. This meant that for the most part, SRH were largely dependent on their openers for the bulk of their runs, and were easily bogged down if their openers (particularly Warner) failed.

Hence, they entered the 2017 Auction with the main goal of picking up someone who could solidify that middle order. They exited the auction with:

SRH Auction Results - Property of IPLgeek.com.


As always, SRH exited with a pretty decent set of players for a relatively small sum of money. They have been good auction “players” since their first auction in 2013, and have continued that trend here. Their most expensive player was the young 19-year old Afghani leg spinner Rashid Khan.

Rashid and Mohammed Nabi – the first Afghani players to be offered IPL contracts – were obviously the two talking points on SRH’s purchase list, but on the whole it was quite interesting to see SRH did not actually spend a whole lot on middle-order batsmen, as simple logic would suggest to be their logical course of action. For the most part, they were looking for all-rounders and bowlers. Despite the fact that Naman Ojha will need to step up his game given that Ekalavya Dwivedi will be breathing down his neck, this indicates that on the whole, they are willing to trust a largely similar middle order to last year to make it count this time around, but are looking to solidify their bowling options, and bring in the extra all-rounder wherever possible. This is also something that was indicated by the retainment of Kane Williamson ahead of the auction, despite a poor season.

A possible reason for this style of purchasing could be that they want to maintain the two overseas all-rounder dynamic that was present in their victorious final squad, but at the same time provide more stable all-round options than Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting. Henriques was an integral cog to SRH’s bowling unit, but floundered with the bat. Cutting offered some decent all-round shows in the 4 games he played – including a scintillating all-round show in the Final – but his low-order smashing does not quite fit within the niche of solidity that SRH need to help anchor their middle order. A more solid all-rounder like Ben Stokes (for whom they were willing to spend up to ₹14 crore), therefore, could have helped remedy that while still maintaining that two-allrounder dynamic. Mohammed Nabi will play a critical role here, as he can not only serve as a powerful batsman, but also be a frontline spinner, something that SRH critically lacked last season.

Another main point they might have wished to address would be Mustafizur Rahman’s situation. Although it feels strange to doubt the form of a player who was next to invincible just last season, SRH did the right thing by bringing in backups for him. As KXIP learned the hard way in 2015 with Glenn Maxwell, not having backups for even your best players can result in disaster. This also makes sense given that Mustafizur played almost no cricket between the 2016 Final and December of that year, due to injury. His return to cricket has not quite been marked by extraordinary success, and hence SRH would have every reason to be cautious about his form come April. On paper Chris Jordan is a play-for-play replacement — he is a death over specialist, often saved for the last few overs of the innings, very similar to the way Warner used Mustafizur during the 2016 season. However, this is also where Rashid Khan could make his break into the side. While SRH rode largely on a solid fast-bowling squadron in 2016, Rashid’s recent performances – including a 5 wicket haul in 10 balls – for Afghanistan make him very hard to ignore.

All in all, SRH had little to fix ahead of the 2017 season, and even if they didn’t address every concern, they opened up some very interesting avenues, and have put together a very solid team for 2017. Now, check out my dynamic for their playing XI:

SRH Playing Dynamic - Image Property of IPLgeek.com

Note: This dynamic represents possible scenarios of my own deduction, and have no direct affiliation with the actual plans of the SRH team management.

Mohammed Nabi will play one of the largest roles for SRH this season; doubling up as a frontline spinner and a middle-order power hitter, Nabi will allow SRH to stick to their very successful fast-bowling lineup from 2016 while still being able to take advantage of any spin on offer. However, that is not to neglect the presence of Pravin Tambe, who enters the side as a full-time spinner, something SRH lacked last year. While SRH have had the most success with their pace attack, Tambe’s presence allows them to have a second frontline spin option with Nabi, and one of higher quality than Bipul Sharma.

Rashid Khan could also play a massive role in SRH’s defense of their title, but his entry into the XI will largely be dependent on whether or not SRH want to play Mustafizur. Given their lack of quality Indian batting, it is unlikely that they will go for two overseas bowlers, which means that it will either be one or the other. Previous IPL stats obviously favor the Fizz, but as mentioned above, he has been sidelined with injury for a long time, and has had very little playing time between the 2016 IPL and now. Rashid, on the other hand, has been making headlines with his star shows against Ireland. Hence, it will be a very interesting contest to see which of the two makes it into the final XI.

The use of Kane Williamson will also be something to look out for. Henriques had a poor run with the bat in 2016, and the number three spot was an itch on their nose for the whole of the season. Although Williamson did little to turn heads himself, the fact that SRH have chosen to retain him demonstrates that they have faith in him, faith that his English colleague Eoin Morgan did not receive. If Williamson fires, he could solve pretty much all of SRH’s middle order woes in a jiffy, while also offering the option of playing as an opener with David Warner, should Shikhar Dhawan’s form tail.

Mohammed Siraj will also be expected to make ripples for SRH this season. While Barinder Sran holds the advantage of being a capped bowler, he has had little playing time since spearheading India’s side that toured Zimbabwe in June of last year. While they have little reason to tinker with their winning combination, Siraj could provide an alternative to Sran’s left-arm pace (which SRH already have an abundance of in Mustafizur and Ashish Nehra), which would bring a tad more variety to David Warner’s bowling options.

The Sunrisers’ first game will be the tournament opener on April 5th, as they take on fellow finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore at home, in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.


IPL Player Draft: Takes

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MS Dhoni will be seen in Pune colors this year. Image Source: www.ibnlive.com

This year’s IPL will feature an interesting twist. The termination of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals left a gap for two new franchises – Pune and Rajkot – and these two teams today picked 5 players each out of the pool of former CSK and RR players.

Here’s what came out:

Pune: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis

Rajkot: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo

It is no surprise that these players were picked; the only question was which teams they would play for. The biggest talking point is that Shane Watson was not picked. However, this too is not entirely shocking. Watson has been plagued by injuries and very sporadic form over the last 2 years, even in IPL. Hence, he will appear in the auctions for the first time since 2008.



It is interesting to see Dhoni, Faf and Smith – three leaders for their respective countries – all in one team. In Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin, they also have what is arguably team India’s best batsman-bowler combination today. Their team is very “polar” in terms of player specialities selected, as they’ve gone with 4 batsmen and one bowler. For the historically slow Pune track, this is not an entirely bad strategy.

What to Go for in the Auction

Pune’s top order looks in safe hands, with Rahane and Faf both capable of opening the innings, and Smith playing one down. What they should go for in the auction would be some all-rounders and bowlers, to provide some stability. The exact players they should go for is something that will be released when the auction list is.



While I love Pune’s players, Rajkot have probably done a better job in terms of team selection. Going for 3 all rounders in Jadeja, Faulkner and Bravo, they will have a strong foundation of all-rounders upon which to build their squad. In addition, McCullum and Raina are both prime top-order batsmen, and decent captaincy options.

What to Go for in the Auction

Like I mentioned, Rajkot have a strong foundation. Therefore, in the auction I sense they will be looking for more prolific, expensive bowlers, and top- of-the-line hard-hitters to work with Raina and McCullum. However, once again, it is difficult to come up with a definitive list of players for them to buy without a full list of players who will participate in the auction.

We will see the two teams again in the Auctions, which will take place on the 6th of February 2016 (our 5th Anniversary) in Bangalore.



Sunrisers Hyderabad: Season Preview

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After the Kings XI Punjab, I feel that the Sunrisers Hyderabad made some of the best buys in the IPL Auction for 2014. They pulled in a strong, balanced squad, and look like the team to bet this IPL. They did bring in Australian duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch to combine with the retained Shikhar Dhawan to beef up the top order, but the true strength of their side comes in their bowling. After pulling back the core of their attack by retaining and buying back Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Darren Sammy and Karan Sharma, they roped in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Jason Holder, Parveez Rasool, and Moises Henriques to form what is inarguably the most dangerous bowling line up this season. The only issue for them would be who be that a majority of their middle order is left in a slightly slippery position, with players like Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha not really being in impact form over the last two years. However, they do have other options, such as Manpreet Juneja, Lokesh Rahul, and Srikkanth Aniruddha, so they do have room for experimentation. Some other things it will be interesting to see is whether Sunrisers will prefer to use Karan Sharma to Parveez Rasool, or whether they will play Ashish Reddy in their squad, as he has been good for the Sunrisers in the past.

Author’s Choice XI (Based on recent times):

Shikhar Dhawan (c)

David Warner

Aaron Finch

Lokesh Rahul (wk)

Darren Sammy

Irfan Pathan

Ashish Reddy

Karan Sharma

Amit Mishra

Dale Steyn

Bhuvneshwar Kumar


The IPLgeek IPL Auctions TEST

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Hey everyone,

The IPL Auctions are coming soon, and franchises have already started retaining players for the upcoming league. To help you test yourself on how much you know about the auctions over the years, I’ve prepared this 10-question test. I had made a 5-question quiz as well, but I hadn’t really intended to publish that. So take this test, and see how much you know. Most of the questions are slightly twisted, but if you know your stuff, it shouldn’t be too bad. Good luck! 🙂


For what price was MS Dhoni purchased in 2008?
Which of the following do Ravi Jadeja and Kieron Pollard have in common?
Which of the following players has never been a part of the IPL Auctions?
How many IPL auctions did the Pune Warriors India take part in?
Which of the following teams did NOT retain ANY of its players in the IPL Auctions 2011?
Who was the most expensive OVERSEAS player purchased during the 2011 Auctions?
For what base sum was Kieron Pollard purchased by the Mumbai Indians in 2010?
Which of the following overseas stars was NOT offered a million dollar contract in the 2011 Auctions?
Who was the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise's first purchase ever?
Which of the following is NOT something Chris Gayle and David Miller have in common?

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MI vs RCB – What to expect.

We saw a great game of cricket in the first game, and now the second game is hours away. This one, however, promises to be an even more interesting competition. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru. In the auctions, RCB were the most active team, with 7 buys: left arm pacer RP Singh, Windies Ravi Rampaul and Chris Barnwell, All rounders Moises Henriques and Daniel Christian, and Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Pankaj Singh. MI were almost just as noisy with 5 players. Their buys were captain Ricky Ponting, million-dollar baby Glenn Maxwell, Jacob Phil Hughes, and all rounders Oram, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Now on the teams. Mumbai have changed their captain now to Ricky Ponting, and also brought him in as yet another potential opening partner for Sachin Tendulkar. This is something MI has really struggled with in the last 3 years. Davy Jacobs, James Franklin, Rajagopal Sathish, Aiden Blizzard, Herschelle Gibbs, and Richard Levi have all been tried, and discarded. If Ponting fires with Sachin, MI have very little to worry about in the batting department. In the bowling, Lasith Malinga is injured, and will not play this first game. This means that Mitchell Johnson now has a very good shot at an IPL debut. Johnson was not very special in the one and only test he played in the Border-Gavasker trophy, but still can be very effective as a bowler. He can also bat a fair bit, so it gives the MI lineup more depth. So Ponting and Johnson have now filled up 2 of the 4 overseas spots. Kieron Pollard will definitely get the third. The fourth will most likely go to Glenn Maxwell. Not because of his awe-striking form, but because of his $1 million price tag. Spots 3 and 4 will go to Rohit Sharma and keeper Dinesh Karthik. 5 will go to Ambati Rayudu. Munaf Patel will combine with Johnson to spearhead, while Harbhajan Singh and Praghyan Ojha will slow the ball.


Ricky Ponting (c)

Sachin Tendulkar

Rohit Sharma

Dinesh Karthik (wk)

Ambati Rayudu

Kieron Pollard

Glenn Maxwell

Mitchell Johnson

Harbhajan Singh

Praghyan Ojha

Munaf Patel


RCB have really done their homework this auction. They have brought in lots of bowling reserves, and two all rounders. On paper, they have a tremendous side. However, they don’t have a full strength side either. AB de Villiers is in South Africa playing for the Titans, and Zaheer Khan is recovering from a hamstring injury. This means that Arun Karthik will have to keep wickets. It also gives RP Singh the responsibility of spearheading the attack. Chris Gayle and TM Dilshan will make two of the 4 overseas players for RCB. Dilshan has been in the form of his life off late, while Gayle simply cannot be left out of any side. the third will probably go to Muttiah Muralitharan. The fourth will be fought for between the 3 Ozzie all rounders Christian, Henriques and Andrew McDonald, and also Ravi Rampaul. However, my preference would be McD, as the middle order is inexperienced, and a strong batsman is needed there. Also, McD was very succesful for RCB with the ball. If everything goes this way, RCB will have a better balance in the middle. Another thing is that Cheteshwar Pujara should bat up at number 3, as he has looked very good up there for India in tests, and Kohli is an equally flamboyant player at number 4. RP will be joined by McD and Vinay Kumar as they spearhead the attack while Murali will combine with Murali Karthik – who was recruited by RCB outside the auction – to slow down the ball. Saurabh Tiwari  – who is in a desperate need of some runs – will play at 6 while Karthik will play at 7.



Chris Gayle

TM Dilshan

Cheteshwar Pujara

Virat Kohli (c)

Andrew McDonald

Saurabh Tiwari

Arun Karthik (wk)

Vinay Kumar

RP Singh

Murali Karthik

Muttiah Muralitharan



Mitchell Johnson vs Tillakaratne Dilshan: Dilshan is one of those guys who likes to start playing his shots from ball one, but has had trouble with left-arm seamers. Ponting will definitely be relieved if Mitch can send Dilshan back early.

Chris Gayle vs Munaf Patel: Out of the 3 times MI have got Gayle out, two of them have been to the courtesy of Munaf Patel. So if Munaf can remove Gayle early, we’re in for something.

Muttiah Muralitharan vs Sachin Tendulkar:

Two legends playing against each other. If Murali can outfox Sachin and expose the middle order, game on.

RP Singh vs Ricky Ponting: RP was purchased by RCB with the hope that he can bring them some early wickets, and some good death bowling. If RP can take out the Mumbai skipper, the Challengers would definitely breathe easier.

Gayle and Virat hold the key for RCB

IPL Auctions 2013- The highs and lows



Well, the auctions for this year are over. It was amazing, though. So here’s the promised post-auction summary. I hope you enjoy it :).

The 2013 auctions were far more exciting than the 2012 one. A total of 37 players were brought by the franchises, for a total of $11.89 million. Like all the auctions so far, this one had many surprises. For one, Mumbai brought Glenn Maxwell for a million dollars, making him the only millionaire, and also the most expensive player in the auctions yesterday. The extraordinary part about this, is that less than a year ago, Maxwell had barely 9 lines on his wikipedia page. Let’s hope he performs, and doesn’t end up like how Jaddu ended up last year. Another surprise was Kane Richardson. The South Australian fast bowler was fiercely contested for by Chennai and Pune, and the latter emerged victorious, buying him for a tremendous sum of $700,000. This made him the third most expensive player in this auction. Ajantha Mendis, who was the leading wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup T20 last year, was the second most, also picked by Pune, at $725,000. The most expensive Indian player was Abhishek Nayar, who was sold to Pune at $675,000. Some other surprise buys were Chris Morris, the Highveld Lions all-rounder, who was sold to CSK at $625,000, Sri Lankan all-rounder Sachithra Senanayaka, who was picked up by KKR at $625,000, and the Sydney Sixers all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was sold to Mumbai at $450,000. However, one of the biggest surprises was the fact that Doug Bollinger was unsold. The Australian quick was released by Chennai earlier, but wasn’t brought back. CSK shouldn’t miss him too much though, as they have replaced him with Dirk Nannes. Some other faces to look out for will be Ravi Rampaul, who got his first ever IPL contract worth $290,000 from Bangalore, Kushal Perera, who was picked up by Rajasthan for $20,000, and Ricky Ponting, who has been given his second IPL contract, this time with the Mumbai Indians, who forked over $400,000 for him.  Another interesting fact is that RP Singh now becomes the first ever Indian player to have represented 4 different IPL franchises (the first player ever was Owais Shah), as RCB picked him up for a bargain price of $400,000. RCB brought the most players (7), while Pune spent the most money ($2.5 million). Pune have also brought back Micheal Clarke, at his base price of $400,000. So that was the IPL Auctions 2013. If you want, you can see a full page on who brought who here. Goodbye 🙂


Glenn Maxwell: Our Million-Dollar Baby


Some of the latest news in cricket

Lots of stuff has been going on in the past couple of weeks. Shane Warne’s two fines in the BBL (wish you never left IPL now, don’t you?), and lots of comebacks as the new year of cricket unfolds. Firstly, India’s furious comeback in the ODI series after being routed in the tests, and New Zealand, after being whitewashed by South Africa, missed an ODI whitewash by one good ball. On the comical side, both Rohit Sharma and “Sir” Ravindra Jadeja pulled off some beautiful shows and silenced trollers everywhere. Also, the IPL teams have been doing some domestic recruiting. Like RCB have brought in a little-heard of fast bowler from Kerala called Sandeep Warrier, Tamil Nadu and former CSK opener Abhinav Mukund, and the former DC opener Sunny Sohal. This means that RCB now have 6 able openers in Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mukund, and Sohal. Also, the Pune Warriors have signed Ishwar Pandey, who is the leading wicket taker in this year’s Ranji Trophy. This is an interesting move, as Pune are already thriving in young talent, with people like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Anstup Majumdar, and more. The Rajasthan Royals have appointed Paddy Upton as their new head coach. Also, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have named Tom Moody as their coach. Another major event that’s happened is that Anil Kumble has quit RCB, and has gone to play the same role as chief mentor for the Mumbai Indians. So let’s wish all these players good luck for their future, and hope the cricket stays fun and unfixed. Au revoir! 🙂

Ryan McLaren after hitting James Franklin for a six to secure a thrilling win for the Proteas.

KXIP- A Pre-Auction Review


The Kings XI Punjab have had very little success in IPL since 2008, where they rode into the semifinals on Shaun Marsh’s blazing performance. Since then, they have finished 5th, 8th, 5th and 6th in IPLs 2009-12 respectively. Their best buy in last year’s auctions was the English-Pakistan all-rounder Azher Mahmood. Mahmood proved his worth as an experienced bowler and a devastating batsmen, despite the fact that KXIP crashed out at the last minute. On other KXIP news, Adam Gilchrist has announced that he will be available for IPL 2013, which is great news (not just to KXIP fans 🙂 ). Now onto their team. They have a lot of great young talent,  in the form of Mandeep Singh, Gunakreet Man Singh, Paul Valthaty, Parvinder Awana and more. Awana will definitely want to cover up his dismal show against England in the 2 T20s with another good show in IPL. Moving on, what KXIP really lacked last year was consistency. Their bowling unit in particular, was very, very inconsistant. And with a side filled with players like Praveen Kumar and Ryan Harris, you’d wonder why. This year I sense the batting is going to look really good with Gilly and Mandeep on top, followed by Marsh and David Hussey. In the middle they have Mahmood, Gunkreet Mann Singh, and possibly Siddharth Chitnis. Their bowling, however, still remains a worry. Only PK and Piyush Chawla have a decent amount of international experience. Of course, playing Ryan Harris ahead of Marsh is an option, but KXIP will still want a reserve option. Here, they have RP Singh, Dirk Nannes, and Johan Botha as good choices. This wouldn’t have been a problem if Stuart Broad had stayed, but he’s not going to be available this year either, so KXIP have released him, along with the overpriced Abhisheik Nayar, Kyle Abbott, Love Ablish, Amit Yadav, Ben Cutting, Paras Dogra, James Faulkner, Vikramjeet Malik, Ramesh Powar, and Nathan Rimmington.

Potential Squad:

  • Adam Gilchrist (c & wk)
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Nitin Saini
  • David Hussey
  • Azher Mahmood
  • Gunkreet Mann Singh
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Ryan Harris
  • Praveen Kumar
  • Parvinder Awana
  • Barghav Bhatt


If extra spinner is needed, Botha comes in for Harris

If extra pacer is needed, Harmeet Singh comes in for Bhatt, 

If extra batsman is needed, Shaun Marsh comes in for Harris 


MI- A Pre-Auction Review

The Mumbai Indians were, until 2011, the costliest franchise in the whole of IPL. Their team has always been on the favorites list since the inaugural IPL, with players like Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga in their ranks. However, they didn’t win anything until CLT20 2011, whic

h they were least expected to win owing to the injuries of several players (the irony there is so thick you could cut it with a knife 🙂 ). After releasing 6 players, in the form of Clint McKay, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Thisara Perera, Sujit Nayak, RP Singh, and Jaydev Shah. And they have finally managed to find a good opening pair for Sachin in the form of Dwayne Smith, and Dinesh Karthik has taken the keeper gloves. However, the Little Master (“God” knows why he’s still called that 😛 ) has been going through a very rough patch in his test career. However, he has also retired from ODIs. That means that other than the Australia tests, it’s very unlikely for him to have to play any international cricket until the South Africa series, that is supposed to take place sometime in November 2013 and go on till January 2014. This could either be a good thing, or a bad thing. A good thing, because MI will get a fully rested Tendulkar for IPL, bad because he might have lost whatever touch he had in the last couple of tests he played. However, I think that it’s very unlikely for the later to happen. All the same, MI should have a back up option in the event that Sachin is out of form. Even though that is extremely unlikely that he will be so woefully out of form for IPL (like most players, he has that magic touch that always appears during the IPL and mysteriously disappears after). And for those rare instances, I would say Jesse Ryder would be a great option. He hasn’t played much cricket off-late, but having him in the side will be a big boost for the Indians. If they really need Indian, Wasim Jaffer is another great option. He opened with Sachin in the Ranji Trophy, and doing it MI would bring lots of smiles to the fans.  Other than that, there’s really nothing wrong with the MI lineup. Mitchell Johnson was in good form, as he gave a Man of the Match show for Australia, claiming 6 Sri Lankan wickets and scoring 92* as the Ozzies stormed to yet another test victory. Also James Franklin held his nerve as New Zealand just scrunched past South Africa by 1 wicket in the first ODI.

Potential Squad:

  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Jesse Ryder
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Dinesh Karthik (wk)
  • Ambati Rayudu
  • Kieron Pollard
  • Mitchell Johnson
  • Harbhajan Singh (c)
  • Lasith Malinga
  • RP Singh
  • Praghyan Ojha


  • If extra pacer is needed, Munaf Patel comes in for Praghyan Ojha.
  • If extra spinner is needed, Robin Peterson comes in for Mitchell Johnson
  • If extra batsman is needed, Dwayne Smith (or James Franklin) comes in for Mitchell Johnson

SRH- A Pre-Auction Review

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The Deccan Chargers had a nightmare of a start to IPL, finishing with 2 wins in 14 games, which, till today, is the worst performance by any team in IPL history. However, they bounced back strongly to win IPL 2009, and finished at 4th in IPL 2010. However, since then, they finished 7th and 8th in IPLs 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2011, poor performances from the overseas batsmen cost them, while in 2012, Ishant Sharma’s injury left their bowling solely dependant on Dale Steyn. And as you all might have heard, the DC franchise has been terminated, and the Sunrisers came into the frame; brought by Sun TV. They have retained 20 of the former DC players. You can see who they retained here. Until the IPL begins, you will only be able to find the DC anthem and the DC news there. However, under the DC news feed, you will be able to find all the Sunrisers Hyd news, as well. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Now, let’s move on to the auctions discussion. With Ishant Sharma back in the side, I think the Sunrisers will have less to worry about in terms of bowling. Also, if Parthiv Patel can become a full time opener, then probably they will have a good balance, with White, Sanga, and Duminy holding the middle order. However, DC may have some things to worry about. For example:

  • Cameron White is unpredictable.
  • If White doesn’t play, the spots from 5-7 will lack experience
  • Neither Ishant nor Steyn were extraordinary in their Test outings against England and Australia respectively

To address Cameron White’s problem, I would think that Steve Smith would be an excellent person to fill that role. And other than just holding a strong bat at number 5 or 6, he also is an electric fielder, which will also address the fielding issue DC had last year. He also can bowl leg-spin, which can be pretty useful, should any bowler fail. Another thing the Sunrisers could use would be an all-rounder. Yes, JP Duminy can bowl, but it’s always good to have a full-fledged all-rounder in the side. A good person for that would be James Hopes, or Darren Sammy. Hopes was one lf DD’s sole bright stars in IPL 2011, who can bat flexibly anywhere from number 3 to number 7, and also can bowl at least 2 overs for his side. Sammy, on the other hand, led the West Indies to a dominant T20 World Cup win. For the bowling issue, dropping Steyn or Ishant is really not going to get the Sunrisers anywhere. Both of them are class bowlers, who will perform when the situation calls for it. However, having a reserve bowler is never a bad idea. Rusty Theron is there as a reserve for Steyn, but I feel that Dirk Nannes would be a slightly better option, as he’s got better records, that speak for themselves. Also, buying RP Singh won’t be a really bad idea, as RP is an excellent bowler, who can turn the fortunes of his team around.

Potential Squad:

  • Parthiv Patel
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk)
  • JP Duminy
  • Ravi Teja
  • James Hopes
  • Bharat Chipli
  • Amit Mishra
  • Dale Steyn
  • RP Singh
  • Ishant Sharma


  • If White is in form, he plays instead of Hopes
  • If Hopes is still injured, and White isn’t in form, then Sammy plays instead of him
  • If extra pacer is needed, Dirk Nannes comes in for Hopes
  • If extra spinner is needed, Ankit Sharma comes in for Bharat Chipli





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