Sunrisers have become the third best side (on win:loss ratio) in recent Indian Premier League seasons and will be hoping to catch up with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings over the next few years. But can SRH add this year’s IPL trophy to their 2016 win?
Sunrisers 2020 IPL Squad
HEAD COACH: Trevor Bayliss – the Aussie has won the IPL twice with KKR and is fresh from taking England to the 2019 Cricket World Cup trophy. He replaces fellow Australian Tom Moody, who had overseen SRH for the previous seven seasons.
CAPTAIN: David Warner
The 33-year-old left-hander is back at the SRH helm after not captaining for the previous two seasons because of his involvement in the Sandpapergate controversy. Warner was skipper when the Sunrisers lifted the trophy in 2016.
The Aussie has hit over 500 runs in every season he’s played for Sunrisers since he joined them in 2015. He won the Orange Cap in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and is the only batsman to win it three times. Warner is crucial to SRH’s chances and will benefit from the experienced coach Bayliss who can help him navigate through captaining a side through a major competition again.
David Warner, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Jonny Bairstow (England), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) and Fabian Allen (West Indies)
Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Sandeep Bavanaka, Sanjay Yadav, Virat Singh.
SRH won their only IPL title in 2016 and were runners up two years later. They have made the playoffs in five of the last seven seasons. They will miss the balance provided by suspended Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan but have serious top-order firepower and a dangerous bowling attack. With a strong squad assembled once again, you write them off at your peril.
Can the Sunrisers win the 2020 IPL?
REASONS TO BELIEVE
- THE DAVID WARNER / JONNY BAIRSTOW BROMANCE
The Anglo/Aussie opening pair were the unlikely cricketing love affair of IPL 2019 and SRH would love to see them reignite their partnership. Last season the Warner took the Orange Cap for most tournament runs as he and Bairstow added a combined 1,137 runs with seven 50-plus stands, four of which went into three figures. The highlight was a 185 runs partnership against RCB where both men made hundreds and too SRH to their highest ever total of 231 for two. They also became the first opening duo in IPL history to record three successive century stands.
- RASHID KHAN
Rashid is the best white ball spinner in the world. He is ICC world ranked No.1 in T20Is and could lead his side to plenty of success on spin-friendly UAE surfaces. If Mohammad Nabi plays the Afghanistan spin duo provide Warner with very solid spin options.
- MANISH PANDEY
Pandey became the first Indian player to hit an IPL hundred in 2009 but starred for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Yet to catch fire for Sunrisers, the current India T20I players have what it takes to add power to the middle-order.
- BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR
Bhuvi leads the pace attack and is vastly experienced. The Purple Cap winner in 2016 and 2017 he has the quality to compliment the various spin options.
- YOUNG GUNS
SRH have built previous success around their homegrown talent. Two youngsters that stand out this time are Abhishek Sharma (19), an all-rounder, and Priyam Garg (19) and right-handed batsman that skippered India U19s at the World Cup. If they get their chances they have the potential to shine.
REASONS TO BACK AGAINST THE SUNRISERS?
- PICKING THE SIDE IS TOUGH
On paper Kiwi Kane Williamson, one of the great batsmen of the current generation comes in at No.3, but then a glance at the makeup of the rest of the side and SRH have selection headaches. If their top three (Warner, Bairstow, Williamson) are all overseas imports and they will need Rashid Khan in the team, they may feel they are missing a trick.
Mitchell Marsh and Mohammad Nabi not only provide bowling options but shore up a fragile middle-order. Bayliss, Warner and the brains trust have some tough conversations ahead.
- PACE ATTACK WEAK BEHIND KUMAR
Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul have enjoyed some success in previous IPLs but may struggle to bowl economically in UAE conditions.
CHANCES OF THEM WINNING THE TITLE
I asked three IPL expert pundits to give each of the eight franchises a score out of 10 to reflect their likelihood of winning IPL 2020.
SRH scored 63% (5th of the 8 teams)
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