Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), also known as the ‘Orange Army’, have made it to IPL playoffs since 2016, and it was the same year when they won their maiden IPL trophy under the leadership of David Warner.
Off late with Kane Williamson as the captain, they finished as the runners-up in IPL 2018, and secured the 4th spot at the end of IPL 2019.
Now, with Warner back into the leadership role, and some of their players enjoying a great run in the domestic and international circuits, all eyes would be on the Men in Orange as they gear up for the mega T20 tournament.
Here are the four players from Sunrisers Hyderabad who will play a crucial role in IPL 2020 –
One of the best batsman in T20 cricket, Warner, could once again end up getting the orange cap in IPL.
In 126 innings, the southpaw has smashed over 4700 runs at an average of 43.07. He holds the record of most number of runs scored by a foreign cricketer in IPL, along with that, he has been the recipient of orange cap in three seasons (2015, 2017 and 2019).
In T20Is played in 2019, Warner averaged a whopping 287.00, amassing 287 runs, with a hundred and couple fifties.
Not to forget, the 33-year-old has notched 2 half-centuries in three T20Is competed this year.
Taking into account the manner he has been scoring runs in the shortest format and the shots he has in his kitty, he looks all prepared for the nerve-wracking duels that are about to unravel in UAE.
If there’s one bowler whom the fans would desperately want to see in UAE conditions is the Afghani cricketer – Rashid Khan.
Hands down, he is the best spinner in T20 cricket, whom even the well-set batsmen look to avoid tonking at any expense.
In IPL, Rashid rose to fame in 2018, grabbing 21 wickets at an average and economy of 21.80 and 6.73 respectively.
The leggie then ripped apart the rivals in IPL 2019, scalping 17 wickets at an economy of 6.28, and made his way into the list of most economical bowlers of the tournament.
If with his leg-breaks and googlies he had another top-notch season, then SRH would easily find themselves in the playoffs.
The cricket fraternity went bonkers watching Bairstow bat in IPL 2019, which was his maiden run in the cash rich tournament.
One can imagine the level of annihilation that could’ve happened if the wicket-keeper batsman had played till the knockouts.
Nevertheless, Bairstow smashed over 440 runs, averaged 55.62, and scored a hundred and couple fifties.
He kept the gloves with finesse, affecting 11 dismissals, comprising 9 catches and 2 stumpings.
Bairstow has had some mind-boggling performances in limited overs in the last one year, and if he carries his form to IPL 2020, the chances of an SRH title will increase manifold.
The Karnataka lad started smashing in the latter half of IPL 2019, and ended up posting 340-plus runs at an average and strike rate of 43.00 and 130.80, with 3 fifties.
He continued his form in the Indian domestic tournaments – Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, wherein he ended up being one of the highest run-scorers for the Karnataka cricket team, and followed with impressive knocks in the opportunities received in the T20Is.
Another point worth mentioning about Manish is his athletic fielding which could help them build pressure onto the opposition.
Over the years, Manish has matured immensely as a cricketer, and thus, he could be vouched as one of the key players to keep an eye upon from SRH.