Sunrisers Hyderabad are one of the teams that have made a compelling statement in most of their participating seasons in the Indian Premier League. They have carved out a reputation for themselves as one of the most consistent teams in the IPL. In fact, they made their first appearance in IPL 2013 after Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers was terminated from the competition.
Notably, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it to the playoffs on five occasions. The Orange army won their maiden title in the IPL 2016 season. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final encounter and tasted IPL glory. While things were going smoothly for SRH, the franchise went through some unexpected changes. They sacked David Warner in the first half of the IPL 2021 season.
Kane Williamson took charge as captain but it was of no avail as they finished at the bottom of the points table. SRH also failed to bring the best out of themselves as a team in the previous season. Under Kane Williamson, SRH failed to make it to the playoffs and ended up in eighth place in the points table with 6 wins and 8 defeats. SRH released Kane Williamson from their squad ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.
They decided not to buy him in the mini-auction. SRH appointed Aiden Markram as the captain for the next season. As a result, we can expect a different SRH team altogether in the upcoming season. Now, let’s take a look at the strongest playing XI of SRH for the season.
Openers: Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma
Sunrisers Hyderabad ran through dismal starts in the last couple of seasons and they lacked stability in the opening slot. However, this time around, they are expected to do well in the form of Mayank Agarwal and Abhishek Sharma. The right and left-hand combination might as well do the trick for Sunrisers Hyderabad going forward into the season.
Mayank Agarwal was purchased by the SRH franchise for INR 8.25 crores at the IPL 2023 mini-auction held in Kochi on late December 23, 2022. In fact, there will be quite a lot of expectations of him, given his price tag. Mayank Agarwal has played 133 games in the IPL. Overall, he has aggregated 2331 runs at a strike rate of 134.51 including one century and 12 fifties.
On the other hand, Abhishek Sharma has also proved his worth in the IPL. He was purchased by the SRH franchise for INR 6.50 crore at the IPL 2023 mini-auction. Abhishek Sharma scored 667 runs including two fifties to his name. On the contrary, he has also been quite handy with the ball as he has taken seven wickets to his name.