The Orange army are on the lookout for their second IPL title under new Captain David Warner and new coaching staff lead by Trevor Bayliss.
When talking about bowling potency the team from Hyderabad comes up trumps, They simply have the most variety in the bowling attack with each bowler given a very specific role of defending or picking up crucial wickets, Whether it be in the past with bowlers like RP Singh and Dale Steyn or in the present with players like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar or Rashid Khan, SRH have always made headlines because of their bowlers.
Take Rashid Khan for example, His story is nothing short of a fairy tale,with the essence of hard work and passion bringing deserved glory. He grew up in a war-torn Afghanistan and rose through the ranks by his impressive evolution first in tennis ball cricket and then at more esteemed levels. Ever since his first IPL season in 2017, Rashid has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball. The leg-spinner turned in a few unforgettable match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals in the 2018 edition.
Stats that matter
The most alarming stat that stands out to me is the dependence of this batting lineup on David Warner as a player with Warner scoring the most amount of runs in the previous four seasons, Also simultaneously bagging the record for the most number of fifties in the IPL – 44, What David Warner does in the Batting department Bhuvaneshwar Kumar perpetrates in the Bowling Department. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a enormous haul of 133 wickets that comprises of best bowling figures of 5/19 that he took in 2017 against Kings XI Punjab.
SRH have traditionally always been a defending team with so much emphasis on their death bowling and rightly so, They have the best record defending along the years when defending a target in excess of 160, No surprise then that Rashid Khan is on paper the most economical bowler in the Indian Premier League with an economy below 7.
One’s to watch out for
The SRH team balance is right on point with Jonny Bairstow, One of the most fearless batsmen on the scene, complimented by the presence of Kane Williamson, One for the ages, Mohammad Nabi bringing in the required leadership skills and experience and players like Khaleel Ahmed bringing in raw talent.
The Trump Card will still remain the performance of Indian Players in crunch moments, Players like Manish Pandey and Siddharth Kaul who was also last years highest wicket taker for SRH along with Indian International Wriddhiman Saha.
Predicted XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhavaneshwar Kumar.