Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the least number of 3 players during IPL auction 2021. The franchisee retained most of its leading players for the IPL 2021 season. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL trophy in 2016- which is the only time they won the title. Since 2016, Sunrisers Hyderabad has been a consistent team that has qualified for playoffs in IPL 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In IPL 2020 auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Kedar Jadhav for Rs. 2 crore, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman for Rs. 1.5 crore and Jagadeesha Suchith for Rs. 30 lakh. In the last edition, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost a qualifier II match to Delhi Capitals, which ended their journey in the league. In IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad will again try to show their consistent performance with an eye on the trophy. Here we take a glance at the best-predicted XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the first match in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Best Predicted XI Of Sunrisers Hyderabad For The First Match
Jonny Bairstow will give a quick start to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting. Last year in IPL 2020, Bairstow played 11 innings and scored 345 runs at a strike rate of 126+. He also hit 3 fifties. The English batsman should be allowed to open the innings in IPL 2021.
David Warner should lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021. He has proved himself as a crucial jewel for Sunrisers Hyderabad. In IPL 2020, the Australia batsman Warner was the third-most run-scorer overall with 548 runs in 16 innings. This consisted of 4 half-centuries. Under David Warner’s captainship, Sunrisers Hyderabad has emerged as a dominating team and he should lead the team once again in IPL 2021.
Kane Williamson batted in 11 innings in IPL 2020 and scored 317 runs at a strike rate of 133+. Post-IPL 2020, Williamson has played some great knocks which gave him a top rank in ICC’s Test batsmen list and 8th rank in ICC’s ODI batsmen rankings. He should play at the third position for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021’s opening game.
After David Warner, Manish Pandey was the most run-getter for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. Pandey played 15 innings, scoring 425 runs. At a strike rate of 127+, he hit 3 half-centuries. He should be given the no.4 spot while batting in IPL 2021.
With consistent performances in domestic cricket over the years, Vijay Shankar has gained the limelight. He is a good middle-order batsman who plays with patience. In IPL 2020, he scored 97 runs in 5 innings which also consisted of 1 fifty. The right-handed batsman is a great choice for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the middle-order position.
Priyam Garg is another good batsman in the domestic category for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Last year, he batted in 10 innings scoring 133 runs. This also included an unbeaten half-century. He will be a great choice for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the lower-middle order position.
Wriddhiman Saha will be a good choice behind the stumps. Saha has good experience in domestic and international games. Last year, he played only 4 innings in which he smashed 214 runs at an average of 71+. This consisted of 2 half-centuries and an overall strike rate of 139+. Sunrisers Hyderabad will not overlook the wicket-keeper batsman this time and he will be part of the playing 11 in the first game in IPL 2021.
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman for Rs. 1.5 crore and he will be the best spinner to introduce in the first game. The 21-year-old youngster has great experience in foreign domestic leagues and if given chance, will prove his worth to the team.
Sandeep Sharma was in spectacular form last year. In 13 matches in IPL 2020, Sharma bagged 14 wickets. He was the 12th most wicket-taker in the tournament. Over the years, Sandeep Sharma has developed a lot of skills in the T20 format. The right-arm medium pacer should be part of the leading pacers for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021.
Due to injury, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could only play 4 matches in IPL 2020 in which he grabbed 3 wickets. He missed most of the matches due to injury and will be eager to bounce back in the forthcoming IPL 2021 season. He will provide a great balance in the bowling department.
In absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in most of the matches in IPL 2020, T Natarajan grabbed the limelight of the cricket fans. After Rashid Khan, Natarajan was the most successful bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 with 16 wickets in 16 matches. Due to his exceptional performance in IPL, he earned a national call-up. He played in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 and earned fame from Indian cricket fans. His combination with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma will be a great venture to look upon.