After a run of five consecutive years of qualifying for the
play-offs, the Sunrisers Hyderabad had a season to forget in the IPL in 2021 as
they finished at the bottom of the pile. In 2022, the Men in Orange have
completely re-jigged their squad, bidding goodbye to stars such as David
Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan and adding the likes of Nicholas Pooran,
Aiden Markram and Romario Shepherd.
In true SRH fashion, the Men in Orange once again have
assembled a squad with a wealth of Indian fast-bowling talent. Hyderabad have
added exciting Indian pacers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran
Malik and Kartik Tyagi in their squad, a move that allows the team to allocate
most of their overseas resources to the batting department.
SRH also have two of the most exciting middle-order batters
in T20 cricket at the moment in Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram. Pooran is
one of the most devastating hitters of spin in the IPL, while Markram has shown
massive improvement in his short-format skills in recent years as a
hard-hitting batter who can also bowl a few overs of off-spin.
The batting is once again the major weakness of the SRH
squad in 2022, as the 2016 Champions have failed to adequately replace one of
the best opening combinations in IPL history in David Warner and Jonny
Bairstow. SRH’s middle-order woes are also expected to continue in the 2022
season, as the Men in Orange failed to pick up a marquee finisher at the
auction and are forced to field a lower middle-order that includes the untested
Romario Shepherd alongside Indian youngsters Abdul Samad and Washington Sundar.
After having the best leg-spinner in world cricket – Rashid
Khan – over the past four seasons, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have opted against
selecting a frontline leg-spinner in their squad for the 2022 season, thereby
significantly weakening their bowling unit.
Player to watch out for: Aiden
Aiden Markram is in the top ten of ICC’s T20 rankings for
batters and all-rounders and was picked up for a bargain price of INR 2.6 crore
at the auction by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The South African enjoyed a stellar
2021 World Cup campaign for the Proteas, scoring 162 runs at a strike rate of
145, and the all-rounder is an excellent ball-striker against pace who can also
bowl a few overs of off-spin in the powerplay or through the middle overs.
Likely Playing XI
Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, Aiden
Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik