SRH have a superb squad as they get a team rating of 8.55 for IPL 2019. But, can they win their second trophy under the leadership of Kane Williamson?
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a superb IPL 2018 as they finished as the runners-up in the tournament. Interestingly, In a tournament dominated by the likes of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, SRH have carved a niche for themselves with their consistent performances in the last few years.
Coming to IPL 2019, we analyzed Sunrisers Hyderabad’s strengths and weaknesses for IPL 2019 in our previous article. Don’t forget to check that out.
In this article, we will be focusing on rating the Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2019 squad in different categories, viz., Openers, Middle-order, All-rounders, Spinners, Pacers and Key backups in each category.
- We feel a perfect team combination would consist of two openers, three middle-order batsmen, one batting all-rounder, one bowling all-rounder, two spinners, two pacers and good backups in each category.
- Each category would have a maximum rating of 10 with a rating of 8 for key players and 2 for backups.
Right then, let’s look at the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s team rating for IPL 2019.
Benchmark: David Warner (SRH)
Two Main Openers for SRH: David Warner and Wriddhiman Sana
Good Backup Openers: Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow
Decent Backup Openers: Sreevats Goswami
David Warner has been one of the most consistent openers in IPL and has been among the leading runs scorer in last few IPLs. He was one of the main reasons why SRH won the championship in 2016.
After serving a yearlong ban, David Warner would be itching to go on the field, and show the world why he is one of the modern-day greats when it comes to opening.
For being the benchmark, David Warner gets a rating of 4 out of 4.
Coming to the second opener, it would be interesting to see how SRH go about it. It would be difficult to play either of Martin Guptill or Jonny Bairstow considering overseas players’ restrictions. Hence, I feel, they would have to settle for either of Wriddhiman Saha or Sreevats Goswami of which Saha looks a more favorable option.
Saha, however, is coming from an injury, and has been in the decent form off-late.
Hence, Saha gets a rating of 2.75 out of 4.
SRH have plenty of options in the backups, hence, they get a rating of 2 out of 2 for the openers backup options.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad Openers Rating: 8.75/10
Benchmark: Virat Kohli (RCB) and AB de Villiers (RCB)
Three Solid Middle-order Players for SRH: Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, and Yusuf Pathan
Good Backups: Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, and Vijay Shankar
Decent Backups: Ricky Bhui
SRH have a slightly dicey middle-order in the form of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, and Yusuf Pathan.
Kane Williamson had a fantastic IPL 2018 as he emerged as tournament’s leading scorer. He has been in superb form in the International arena too.
Considering his decent performances in previous IPLs, he gets a rating of 2.75 out of 3.
Manish Pandey had a miserable IPL 2018. The kind of potential he has, he could only manage 284 runs from 13 innings at an average of 25.81 and a poor strike rate of 115.44. However, he has been really good form in other domestic tournaments.
Hence, Manish Pandey gets a rating of 2.25 out of 3.
Yusuf Pathan too had a poor IPL 2018 in which he scored a total of 260 runs from 13 innings at an average of 28.88 and a strike rate of 130. He is certainly capable of doing a lot better than that.
Yusuf Pathan gets a rating of 1.5 out of 2.
Coming to good backups, SRH have Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan and Vijay Shankar in the armory. While they have Ricky Bhui as a decent backup option.
SRH get a rating of 1.75 out of 2 for middle-order backup options.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad Middle-order Rating: 8.25/10
Benchmark: Andre Russel (KKR) as the batting all-rounder and Sunil Narine (KKR) as the bowling all-rounder
Batting All-rounder for SRH: Vijay Shankar
Bowling All-rounder for SRH: Shakib Al Hasan
Batting All-rounder Backup: Yusuf Pathan
Bowling All-rounder Backup: Mohammad Nabi
SRH have some fairly decent all-rounder options in the form of Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, and Mohammad Nabi.
Shakib Al Hasan had a decent IPL 2018. As a batsman, he scored 239 runs from 13 innings at an average of 21.72 and a strike rate of 121.31. As a bowler, he took 14 wickets at an average of 32.57 and an economy rate of 8.
For his potential and previous performances, Shakib Al Hasan gets a rating of 3.25 out of 4.
Frankly, Vijay Shankar wasn’t even in my preferred XI until recently. However, such has been his performance in the limited opportunity he has got for Team India, it is very difficult to ignore his potential.
It also isn’t hard to say that all eyes would be on Vijay Shankar’s performance as an all-rounder because he is in the contention of a World Cup berth for India.
For his potential and International performances, Vijay Shankar gets a rating of 3 out of 4.
Coming to the backups, SRH have Mohammad Nabi as the bowling all-rounder and Yusuf Pathan as the batting all-rounder.
SRH get a rating of 1.75 out of 2 in all-rounder backup options.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad All-rounders Rating: 8/10
Benchmark: Rashid Khan (SRH)
Two Main Spinners for SRH: Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan
Good Backup Spinners: Mohammad Nabi
Decent Backup Spinners: Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma
The man from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan is easily the best spinner in the world currently. Not only in IPL, but Rashid Khan has also been creating havoc in all the tournaments he has been playing.
Rashid Khan had a fantastic IPL 2018 too in which he took a total of 21 wickets from 17 innings at an average of 21.8 and a brilliant economy rate of 6.73.
For being the benchmark, Rashid Khan gets a rating of 4 out of 4.
Coming to the second spinner, Shakib Al Hasan has been fairly consistent with his bowling in the last few years. He may not match the quality of Rashid Khan, but he plays by his own strengths.
Hence, Shakib Al Hasan gets a rating of 3.25 out of 4.
Coming to the backups, SRH have Mohammad Nabi as the good backup while they have Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma as decent backup options.
Hence, SRH get a rating of 1.75 out of 2 in terms of spin bowling backups.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad Spinners Rating: 9/10
Benchmark: Jasprit Bumrah (MI)
Two Main Pacers for SRH: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul
Good Backup Pacers: Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake and Khaleel Ahmed
Decent Backup Pacers: Basil Thampi and T Natarajan
SRH have arguably one of the most versatile pace bowling attacks. They have the experience of Buvneshwar Kumar, the aggression of Siddharth Kaul, the skiddy pace of Billy Stanlake and the skill of Sandeep Sharma in their armory
Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t have a good IPL 2018, but has been one of the most consistent pace bowlers in the IPL. He has also been struggling for form even in the national side, but IPL 2019 can be the tournament Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his rhythm back.
For his potential and past performances, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets a rating of 3.5 out of 4.
Siddharth Kaul had a fantastic IPL 2018 in which he took a total of 21 wickets from 17 innings at an average of 26.04 and an economy rate of 8.28. However, he hasn’t been able to replicate his form in the International arena. Hence, Siddharth Kaul gets a rating of 3.25 out of 4.
Coming to the backups, Sunrisers have plenty of options to choose from. No doubts on the rating as they get 2 out 2 for pace bowling backup options.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad Pacers Rating: 8.75/10
Sunrisers Hyderabad have a fantastic squad this time too having addressed their gaps wisely in the auction. Their strengths lie in their bowling department, and as they say, batsmen win you matches, while bowlers win you tournaments.
Assuming all players are available, an ideal Playing XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad would be:
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, and Khaleel Ahmed.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) get a team rating of 8.55/10 for IPL 2019.
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