Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the few teams which has almost all the bases covered except for a few slots. Interestingly Trevor Bayliss has taken over the Head Coach job at the SRH with Brad Haddin being appointed as an Assistant Coach. After taking England team to World Cup glory, a lot is expected of Bayliss in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
With seven slots remaining, out of which only two are overseas, SRH will be looking for a middle-order Indian batsman/all-rounder as they bat heavy at the top with David Warner and Jonny Bairstow followed by Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey. They might also look for a fast bowler as a backup for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake.
Players Released: Shakib al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda and Ricky Bhui.
Players Retained: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan.
Purse Remaining: Rs 17.00 crore
Slot Remaining: 7 (two overseas)
Deepak Hooda was released by Sunrisers ahead of the auction. He might come back to Hyderabad again as the franchise is in need of someone to bat at six and bowl a few overs.
They have let go off Yusuf Pathan and which is why the slot is open for few options. Hooda can hit the ball long and provide a couple of overs if and when necessary. Sunrisers will try to pocket him at a cheaper price than the last time.
Hanuma Vihari is another Indian middle-order batsman who can be a viable option for the number six slot. After nailing the spot in the Indian Test team as a specialist number six batsman, Vihari will be keen to prove his mettle in the shortest form of the game. Released by Delhi Capitals ahead of the auction, the former SRH player might be returning to the franchise to provide the stability required in the middle-order. At a base price of Rs 50 lakhs, Vihari could be the answer for Sunriser’s quest in the auction. Fabian Allen(Base price Rs 50 lakhs) could be the best possible option for Sunrisers in the absence of Shakib al Hasan. The West Indian all-rounder is a power hitter, terrific fielder and bowls left-arm spin. He is the ‘Jadeja’ kind of player that any T20 franchise could go after. With a T20 strike rate of 165, he can clear any ground at will. SRH might go after him in the auction and can be used alongside Rashid Khan in the lower order. G Periyaswamy is the latest fast bowling sensation emerging from the Tamil Nadu Premier League. In nine matches, he took 21 wickets at an average of 10.47 including a match-winning five-wicket haul in the finals for the Chepauk Super Gillies. His sling-arm action and impeccable accuracy to deliver yorkers at will have made him a death-over specialist with an economy of 6.47 runs per over. Despite a blinded right-eye, Periyaswamy has fought through the ranks and made his debut for Tamil Nadu in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Coming into the auction at a base price of Rs 20 lakhs, Periyaswamy might surprise everyone and make the owners run for their money.
The reason why Sunrisers might go for him is mainly because of the repetitive injuries that Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is facing in the last couple of years. And that has proven costly in the death overs for Sunrisers. Known for picking up Indian domestic fast bowlers out of the blow, SRH could be the team for Periyaswamy this year.
Sheldon Cottrell(Base price Rs 50 lakhs) is making the right kind of noise just before the auction. His performance in the recently concluded T20I series was lauded by fans and experts. His T20 numbers may not be among the greats, but an average of 19.08 and Economy of 7.46 with 117 wickets is as good as one can get. With the left-arm angle and the cutters, he can be an ideal backup for Stanlake. Also if Khaleel prove to be costly, Cottrell can be useful in the Hyderabad pitches especially.
Chris Jordan, R Sai Kishore, Yusuf Pathan could be other options that Sunrisers might go after in the auction.