IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad Need to Pull up the Socks for Back to Back Championship Title
As the saying goes. It is easy to say but while doing practical things goes really difficult. Sunrisers Hyderabad is also in the same situation. Although defending 2016 IPL title last year, won over top seeds Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the playoffs. Still, there are lots of hope this time from Sunrisers Hyderabad to get back to back IPL trophy in the 10th edition of IPL.
SRH is all pack up for play from their side but things seem difficult with the drop down of key players from the squad. Before the beginning of the match, there is always the curiosity to know the strategies and the planning of the team both by the fans and other teams. Last season strategies really work for SRH for bringing the IPL trophy completing the tournament successfully. This time it all burden falls on the shoulder of captain Dravid Warner where he has to collect good runs in beginning to get the challenge the opposition team. On other hand, they also consider attacking bowlers to bowl so as to limit the runs scored by opposite team. If things planned in right way, there are the lot of things which make the opposition team to scratch head.
Get flashback for the previously played IPL games, Sunrisers Hyderabad does not have the good start facing two defeats in the year 2014 and 2015 end up with disqualifying for IPL. In the year 2016, they change the leadership but still face off with two defeats and went on the spree. Still not loosing the hopes they come up with attacking mode and win seven of the eight matches played. Although it was the difficult way to they come in playoffs winning one out of four matches, they able to give back to back attacks knocking out first Kolkata Knight Riders in high scoring finals they sharply defeat RCB.
In 2016 the franchise bought up Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Cutting, Burinder Sran, Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh they were the key players responsible for the winning of the 9th edition of IPL. The 2016 team was filled with fast bowlers who took the total of 82 wickets the second most team to take wickets in single IPL season where the spinner only took six wickets in 2016 counted as the lowest in the IPL season. This time also they focus on two Afghanistan players selecting Mohamad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan a perfect pick up making pace bowling strongest side with other performers including Ben Laughlin and Chris Jordan with experience of Pravin Tambe at bargain basement price.
In this IPL 2017, the pick up of Rashid and Tambe including Jordan and Mohammad Nabi could be the strongest part for the Sunrisers Hyderabad for fulfilling the space of spinners and mid-lower order hitting squad.
But the as per the updated news Mustafizur Raham the Bangladeshi pacer will not be playing for IPL. Waiting for the Board orders the play would be doubtful for Raham. Therefore the decision for picking up Rashid is a good choice one of the reasons for the success of the IPL 2016. But the dropping of Raham would be a great setback if it happens earlier before the auction, the team might have come up with the better decision.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is left with only four overseas players including one as captain the other two would be Rashid and Mustafizur. There would be the choice between Mustafizur and Cutting and the choice would depend on conditions. But both are good players with powerful hitting power quality medium. pace. The other choice would be between Moises Henriques and Kane Williamson, the best would be Henriques for his hitting power and medium pace.
This time the number of wickets taken against opposition team might reduce with the absence of Nabi and all it depends on Rashid. In sports, it is said that we always need to look forward whether we win or lose. Therefore it is not about only winning the title but also the performance of individuals.