Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) purchased 20 players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction in Bengaluru over two days. They had retained only three players ahead of the bidding – Kane Williamson (Rs 14 crore), Abdul Samad (Rs 4 crore), and Umran Malik ( Rs 4 crore). Thus, they had a purse of Rs 68 crore going into the auction. Like PBKS, they also utilized the hefty sum well to purchase some impressive players. SRH picked up West Indies’ limited-overs vice-captain Nicholas Pooran for Rs 10.75 crore. They also went for all-rounders Washington Sundar and Romario Shepherd at Rs 8.75 crore and Rs 7.70 crore, respectively. Among bowlers, they bought back T Natarajan (Rs 4 crore) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Rs 4.2 crore). Here’s a detailed analysis of the SRH squad.
The irony about the 2022 auction was that the weaker sides like PBKS and SRH walked away with the better players for the obvious reason that they had more money to spend. Hyderabad did well to pick up the services of Washington Sundar. The all-rounder can contribute in multiple ways – he can open the innings with his off-spin and keep things tight or come in during the middle overs as well. In addition, he is a handy batter. Sundar may not be an outright big-hitter but can play those cameos, which could make a significant difference.
Pooran being picked for Rs 10.75 crore can be debated considering he had a horror run for PBKS last season and hardly scored any runs. However, he has been in excellent form of late, recently scoring three consecutive fifties against India. Pooran scores at a quick pace and is adept at clearing the field as well. He can also keep wickets if needed. SRH will be hoping he can live up to potential in the upcoming edition.
Romario Shepherd is an interesting choice. A big-hitting batter, who can bowl medium pace, the franchise would look to utilize him smartly. He has shown glimpses of his talent in recent T20 matches. The South African duo of Aiden Markram and Marco Jansen are good picks in the batting and bowling department, respectively.
It is difficult to find too many faults in Hyderabad’s picks. It must be said that the franchise did a very good job and spent their money well. If anything, they could have strengthened both their batting and bowling department even further. Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal seemed to lack confidence and rhythm last season. Also, Priyam Garg has been with the franchise for a couple of seasons, but apart from one good knock hasn’t done much of note. Perhaps, they could have tried out other form players.
While there are a few all-rounders in the new SRH squad, swashbuckling batter Rahul Tripathi could be an X factor in the team. Tripathi has played a few seasons of the IPL and looked like quite a seasoned player last year for KKR. The advantage with Tripathi is that he is very positive with the bat, irrespective of the situation, without being reckless. Also, he is a versatile batter who can open the innings or come in the middle-order. Wherever he bats, he will ensure that the scoreboard moves at a fair clip. Last year, he also displayed his composure under pressure, hitting that memorable six to lift KKR into the final.
Verdict? Excellent picks
SRH have gone for a good mix of youth, experience, match-winning talent, and future stars. As such, it would be surprising if they don’t impress this season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2022 Squad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, J Suchith, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Romario Shepherd, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Saurabh Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi.