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

Notes:

  • 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