Sunrisers Hyderabad, a franchise that doesn’t make the headlines a lot, yet it’s proved to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the Indian Premier League in the recent years. They don’t have a star-studded line-up like that of Royal Challengers Bangalore nor do they have a strong fan-following like that of Mumbai Indians. The winners of the 2016 edition have proved that you don’t need all that to be competitive on the field.
In 2017, SRH made it the playoffs but failed to reach the final yet it was a successful campaign for them. The team consisted of very few big names of world cricket but they had a lot of talented youngsters who impressed one and all. For the auction scheduled to be held next year, it will be interesting to see which players the team management goes on to retain given the team has tasted success in the recent years. They do have a great bunch of players to choose from.
Here are the 5 players Sunrisers Hyderabad might invest in to retain
#1 David Warner
The fortunes of Sunrisers Hyderabad took a drastic turn when David Warner was appointed as the skipper of the side. Under his leadership, the franchise went on to lift its maiden trophy in the year 2016. Even though the left-hander doesn’t lead his national side yet he showcased his leadership skills in IPL and that’s why he could be the first choice for the team for retention.
Warner has led from the front and showed the path with his masterful batting. He has finished as the leading run-getter for the team for the past 4 seasons and in 2015 and 2017, he went on to bag the Orange Cap as well. Last year, he scored a mammoth 848 runs at an average of 60.57 and almost single-handedly led the team to the triumph. Overall, he has accounted for 4014 runs from 114 IPL games at an average of 40.55 and a strike rate of 142.14.
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