IPL 2023: After the mini-auction, SRH’s best-predicted playing XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad had an underwhelming IPL 2022 season, winning just six of their 14 league games. Kane Williamson, Nicholas Pooran, and Romario Shepherd were among the international players whom SRH released as a result. The franchise also fired several of the lesser-known Indian players.
The Hyderabad-based franchise had a fantastic day at the IPL mini-auction, which ended on Friday (December 23) in Kochi, thanks to its substantial remaining budget. Quality batters Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, and Heinrich Klaasen were hired by them. Adil Rashid and Akeal Hosein’s inclusion in the team has also made it possible for them to have a potent bowling unit.
IPL 2023: After the mini-auction, SRH’s best-predicted playing XI:
1. Abhishek Sharma
Since the 2019 season, the SRH has put its trust in the southpaw. Abhishek Sharma’s amazing performance in the IPL 2022 proved that the franchise’s perseverance paid off. He gave the squad a strong start in the majority of games and finished as SRH’s leading scorer with 426 runs in 14 games.
When it comes to his attitude in times of stress, Abhishek has significantly grown. He has led the Indian U-19 squad in the past and frequently steps in for Mandeep Singh for Punjab in domestic competition. Additionally, with averages of over 35, he has shown consistency in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The SRH team management may decide to make Abhishek a permanent opener due to his strong performance in the most recent championship and his strong domestic form. In addition, he can obtain a licence to act in his natural manner, which is to charge head-on.
2. Mayank Agarwal (c)
Mayank was let go by the Punjab Kings before of the IPL auction. This was a result of his subpar performance in the IPL 2022, during which he scored 196 runs in 13 innings but Kings failed to advance to the playoffs.
The SRH team then chose Mayank as a result of his success in T20s and IPL experience. The right-handed batsman has so far amassed 2327 runs in 113 IPL games, including 12 fifties and one century.
Punjab didn’t advance very far last year, but one season should not be used to evaluate Mayank’s leadership abilities. He has also served as the captain of the Karnataka state squad and is anticipated to lead the team in 2023.
3. Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi has become one of Indian cricket’s best batters in recent years. In the 2021 season, when Rahul scored 397 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he became well-known. Then, in the 2022 season, he was given a chance by SRH.
Rahul distinguished himself for SRH by giving the middle order a platform. With a strike rate of 158.24 and three fifty-singles, he scored 413 runs in 14 innings in 2022.
Rahul’s expertise at the top of the order makes him the third choice for SRH. He also serves as the starting quarterback for the Maharashtra state squad on the domestic circuit, and he plans to be an expert in 2023.
4. Aiden Markram
A year ago, SRH offered the skilled hitter an IPL deal in recognition of his versatility for South Africa in all formats. As the batting unit’s mainstay and a key cog in vital stands with Nicholas Pooran, Markram did not fail to impress the team and the fans.
The prolific Markram finished the season with 381 runs in 14 innings and a 47.63 average. His ability to play as an anchor and a finisher allowed him to either ensure that the team scored a high total or chase down challenging scores.
SRH decided to keep him after considering his track record of reliable scores. The right-handed batter also places a unilateral focus on the IPL in addition to international cricket, which enhances his performance.
5. Harry Brook
For English hitter Harry Brook, the year 2022 has changed everything. He was given his first national call-up after amassing 436 runs in 14 T20 Blast games. After that, he made an impression by defeating Pakistan in the T20I series and winning Man of the Series after hitting 238 runs in seven innings.
He has put in the forefront of the franchise’s thoughts during the auction thanks to his back-to-back century in the recently ended three-Test match series against Pakistan. SRH managed to secure him for a significant sum of 13.25 Crores while still carrying a full pocketbook.
The steady performance across all forms and the winning bid at the auction imply that Brook might be preferred to Heinrich Klaasen in the starting lineup. Additionally, he has an extraordinary knack for making shots from every part of the field, which may favor his selection.
6. Glenn Phillips
In the shorter formats, the New Zealand hitter has been excellent with his ball-striking skills. He plays both ODIs and T20Is for the Kiwi team on a consistent basis. Phillips recently became the team’s leading scorer in the T20 World Cup 2022 with 201 runs in five innings.
Interestingly, Phillips showed his ability to turn early starts into large scores against Sri Lanka by slamming 104 off 64 balls. He has so far only appeared in three IPL games while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2021 season.
During the 2022 season, he spent the entire time warming the benches. However, a boost in form and performance under pressure might enable him to make the starting XI. He has over 5700 runs in T20s and will be helpful to the franchise because of this.
7. Washington Sundar
The all-arounder has struggled with injuries over the past few years. Washington Sundar’s hand injury kept him out of most of the games, which also affected SRH’s lacklustre spin department performance.
Due to his all-around skills, he still holds the key for SRH even if the team has signed strong foreign spinners. He can bat in the middle or at the top of the order with good technique. He recently made a comeback, scoring 51 and 37* runs for India against New Zealand in the ODI series.
At any point in the game, Sundar’s economical bowling has been his area of expertise. The spinner in particular has limited runs during the powerplay, which frequently puts pressure on the opposition. In 51 IPL games, he has taken 33 wickets and scored 318 runs.
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
In the history of the IPL, Bhuvneshwar Kumar undoubtedly ranks among the best speed bowlers. He has been managing SRH’s pace batteries for a number of years and is adept at performing under duress. Bhuvi’s innate ability to take wickets with a new ball has allowed him to remain consistent in the T20 format.
The experienced campaigner is likely to have the confidence to repeat the same in the IPL after an impressive showing in the T20 World Cup. In 146 innings, he has taken 154 wickets for an economy of 7.30.
The 32-year-old picked up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.30 in the previous tournament. Additionally, he shows the ability to control runs in the death while also hitting yorkers perfectly.
9. Adil Rashid
After playing consistently in international cricket for years, Adil Rashid was finally awarded an IPL contract. He is a master at taking wickets in all formats. Rashid excelled in both the longest format and red-ball bowling, despite not being favored in either.
The secret to Adil’s success has been his accurate leg spin bowling and his capacity to take wickets in the middle overs of the game. In the T20 World Cup 2022, he performed admirably against Pakistan and India.
In particular, the gifted spinner helped England win the World Cup by returning with figures of 2/22 in four overs in the championship match. He has 275 wickets in 248 T20 matches with an economy of 7.48, and he is anticipated to be the starting lead spinner.
10. T Natarajan
The Indian team had a quality left-arm pace option in Natarajan, an IPL product. He gained notoriety during the 2020 season after taking 16 wickets in as many games and earning a spot on the national squad.
Due to injury concerns, he only participated in two games in the 2021 season. Natarajan concluded with 18 wickets in 11 games after fully recovering from his injury issues, with his finest performance coming in the 2022 season with a 3/14.
He is now playing for Tamil Nadu in domestic competition and appears to be in fantastic shape. Natarajan will be essential for SRH in the death overs if there are no injury concerns.
11. Umran Malik
With his pace and precision in the IPL, the young bowler from J&K has inhaled fire. His initial display of pace during the 2021 season helped him to stand out as a net bowler for India and to be retained by SRH.
With 22 wickets in 14 games, he became the franchise’s best bowler during the 2022 season. Umran played at his peak against KKR, going 5/25 and stunning the batsmen with his in-swingers.
Umran has experience playing domestic cricket and has played for India in ODIs and T20Is prior to the IPL 2023. Due to his ability to take wickets, he will probably be utilized as a floater in any circumstance.