Cricketer-turned-commentator, Aakash Chopra has opined that the Sunrisers Hyderabad doesn’t need a mega auction as much as rivals Chennai Super Kings do. According to recent reports, there might be a mega auction for IPL 2021, in addition to a franchise from Ahmedabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad finished third on the points table in IPL 2020. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in Eliminator but lost to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. After a humbling loss to Kings XI Punjab failing to chase a target of 127, David Warner’s team resurrected their season by winning four matches in a row.
SRH need an experienced Indian batsman in the middle-order: Aakash Chopra
While SRH was inconsistent for most of the tournament, they showed signs of a great collective spirit by the end of the season. They dropped Jonny Bairstow, and the inclusion of Kane Williamson and Jason Holder balanced the team.
Hence Aakash Chopra feels that SRH doesn’t need a mega auction to get stronger. In a video uploaded on his Facebook page, Chopra gives a team review of Hyderabad. He opined that SRH doesn’t need to buy or release several players as they already have high-quality overseas players in their squad. SRH has a very strong overseas contingent as players like Mohammad Nabi, Billy Stanlake, and Fabien Allen didn’t get many chances in the eleven.
In a video shared on his Facebook page, Aakash Chopra said, “The Sunrisers Hyderabad can manage without a mega auction. They do not need to overhaul their entire team, they do not need to release too many players or buy too many players. They have Kane Williamson, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder and they are not able to play Billy Stanlake and Fabien Allen. So they have a very good overseas core.”
However, the 43-year-old reckons that David Warner’s team does need some bolstering in their Indan batting. He said that they need to get an experienced Indian batsman who can bat in the middle-order.
The orange army used Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, and Priyam Garg in the tournament and Chopra feels that SRH should show faith in the youngsters in next season. The former opener Aakash Chopra concluded by saying that while a team like Chennai Super Kings who is looking to revamp their squad will need a mega auction, Sunrisers can manage without it.
“They need some help in their Indian batting. They might get more batsmen if there is a mega auction but if there is a small auction they may not get those many Indian batsmen.
“But because they have put their money on Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad and Priyam Garg this time and shown faith in them, I feel they will still do the job. They do not need a mega auction as much as their neighbors, the Chennai Super Kings,” Aakash Chopra added.