Sunrisers Hyderabad has been an impressive side since their debut in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) and as ever, will be viewed as one of the toughest sides to beat once again. That’s why they’re always among the IPL betting favorites.

The most important man of all at the franchise is superstar spinner Rashid Khan, their true game-changer, who is just one of three Afghan players at SRH this year.

Let us look at how their 2021 season has panned out so far.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad at IPL 2021: The story so far

The Sunrisers are usually one of the more consistent sides in the IPL. Their game plan is always the same and it generally tends to work for them. They love playing in low-scoring matches where their top order gets them off to flying starts and where their excellent bowling attack, led by Rashid Khan and Bhuvi Kumar, puts their opponents under pressure by bowling tight lines and keeping the runs down.

But that game plan just hasn’t come off yet this year, which is why they’ve only won one match out of seven. And that doesn’t even tell the full story.

David Warner, normally such a capable captain and prolific run-scorer, struggled with both the bat and the captaincy, to the extent that he was stripped of the captaincy, which was handed over to the likable and charismatic Kane Williamson. Williamson missed the first few matches with injury but once he returned to the side, they looked a far better outfit straight away.

Rashid Khan did what he does best and has taken 10 wickets so far with an extraordinary economy rate of 6.14 for the tournament.

Sunrisers Hyderabad at IPL 2021: What might happen next?

It will be interesting to see whether David Warner actually plays the remainder of the season. He lost the captaincy and was also dropped for their last match, with Mohammad Nabi coming in for him as a spinning all-rounder. Given Warner hasn’t played any cricket of any note in the meanwhile, not being included in Australia’s tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, and it may be that his race is run at Hyderabad.

There is some good news, however. Khan and Nabi will play the UAE leg of the IPL amid fears that the situation in Afghanistan could mean they missed out. Those two are as important as anyone in the side as proper all-rounders and much will depend on them.

But SRH’s situation is so desperate that it probably won’t make a difference in any case. Given they’re bottom of the table and are so far away from the Top 4, they’d probably have to win just about every match to even be in contention. Still, Jonny Bairstow could come close to being the IPL’s top batsman if he keeps on going the way he has so far.

Verdict: The damage has already been done and they’ll do well to finish anywhere above rock bottom.

WHAT ARE SUNRISERS HYDERABAD ODDS TO WIN IPL 2021?

Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed at the bottom in the odds table with odds of 51.00 on  Betway. Those odds look about right because it really would be a minor miracle if they even made the Playoffs from their current position.

So, all in all, they’re pretty much exactly the odds you’d expect them to be.

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How did Sunrisers Hyderabad do in IPL 2020?

It was in many ways a typical SRH season. They finished third in the Group Stages and qualified for the Playoffs as they generally do. They put in a good performance to beat Bangalore in the Eliminator. But in the end, the Delhi Capitals proved one game too far for them in the Eliminator 2 and they fell short by 17 runs in a big chase.

There was also something quite predictable about David Warner ending as their top-run scorer with 548 runs, while star bowler Rashid Khan was unsurprisingly their top wicket-taker with 20 wickets.

WHO ARE THE BEST SRH PLAYERS TO BET ON?

David Warner is right up there as one of the most reliable, consistent and high-quality batsmen in the history of the IPL. He has it all: timing, power, good shot selection, speed when running between the wickets and a good temperament. He’s a strong bet for top batsman on any match and also to be the SRH top run-scorer for the whole season.

With the ball, one man shines brightest: Rashid Khan. The brilliant leg-spinner, who can bowl at almost medium pace yet show five or six different variations of spin, is probably the best bowler in the IPL, full stop. You can back him with confidence to be their top bowler on any given day and the only surprise last year was that he only won one man-of-the-match award, though he’s generally a good bet on that market, too.

But Bhuvi Kumar is a fine bowler, as well. The seam bowler is very clever in changing lines and lengths and the pace of his deliveries and is always available at far bigger SRH betting odds than Khan.

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David Warner leads the chart as he is one of the most expensive players in the IPL. The team has retained him for an amount of $1.7 million.

Manish Pandey, a reliable batsman in the middle-order, is the second highest-earner from Hyderabad with a $1.5 million price tag. He is slightly above Rashid Khan who gets a paycheck of $1.3 million. India regular Bhuvi Kumar earns $1.2 million.

Siddarth Kaul gets $0.53 million and Shahbaz Nadeem $0.45 million. Surprisingly, they earn more than Kane Williamson ($0.42), despite the fact that Williamson is the New Zealand captain in all formats.

HISTORY OF SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

In the inaugural IPL tournament, SRH made the playoffs to finish fourth. The team couldn’t pass through the league stage over the next two editions, but they upped the ante in 2016. Playing under the captaincy of Australian ace David Warner, the team emerged triumphant as IPL Cup winners. The franchisee finished as a finalist in 2018 and fourth last year.

Sunrisers Hyderabad were formed in 2012 when the Board of Control for Cricket in India banned the Deccan Chargers. The newly-formed Hyderabad team retained 20 players from Deccan Chargers and signed 13 new players.

The team started off on a positive note and under Kumar Sangakkara’s captaincy reached the playoffs. The team was eliminated after losing to Rajasthan Royals by four wickets. Shikhar Dhawan took over the captaincy in 2014, but the team finished sixth with six wins and eight losses.

The Warner era started in 2015 when he was appointed the captain of the team. Playing up to his reputation, Warner won the Orange Cap with 562 runs in 14 matches. The team finished sixth with seven wins and as many losses.

David Warner’s Era

Warner and the team’s best season was yet to come. It came in 2016 when Warner scored 848 runs in 17 matches and Bhuvneshwar won the Purple Cap with 23 wickets in 17 matches to lead Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title.

Warner’s golden run with the bat continued in 2017 when he won the Orange Cap with 641 runs in 14 matches. Bhuvneshwar retained his Purple Cap as he registered his best IPL season with 26 wickets in 14 matches. The team lost in the eliminator to Kolkata Knight Riders. Warner stepped down in 2018 as the captain due to ball-tampering controversy and Williamson took over. The New Zealander played up to expectations as he won the Orange Cup, scoring 735 runs which had eight fifties, and a strike rate of 142.44.

The team had a brilliant run as it entered the finals, but it lost to Chennai Super Kings in the title clash only to finish second. Hyderabad traded Shikhar Dhawan, one of the most successful batsmen on their team. Williamson nursed injury ahead of the season, so Bhuvneshwar Kumar took over as captain. David Warner returned to the team before winning the Orange Cap for the third time in his IPL career. The team made the playoffs, but their campaign was halted by Delhi Capitals who won the eliminator.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: IPL RECORD

Here is a full rundown of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s results since their IPL debut in 2013.

  • 2013: Playoff
  • 2014: Sixth
  • 2015: Sixth
  • 2016: Champion
  • 2017: Playoff
  • 2018: Runner-up
  • 2019: Playoff
  • 2020- Playoff

In their seven years of existence, Hyderabad has reached the playoff stage five times. It’s an impressive record for a team that’s been consistent over the past four years. From an online cricket betting perspective, they have match-winning players who can change the team’s fortunes with a fine knock or a spell of bowling.

PROJECTED SUNRISERS HYDERABAD PLAYING XI IN IPL 2021

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been a lethal opening combination ever since the English batsman and occasional wicketkeeper arrived at SRH.  They will be obvious choices to open the batting.

Kane Williamson is always a reliable presence at number three or four with his smart shot placement and good cricketing brain.

Experienced batsman Manish Pandey will get a spot in the middle order. Pandey is a fine player who’s unlucky that India have so many other options in the middle order, or else he’ll have played more than he has for his country.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling with Khaleel Ahmed, while Sandeep Sharma can be the third pacer. Shahbaz Nadeem can be the second spinner with Rashid Khan.

The problem with all is that with Warner, Bairstow and Williamson generally taking up three overseas spots as Top 4 batsmen, that only leaves Khan as an overseas bowler.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Full Squad

Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Projected Playing XI In IPL 2021

  1. David Warner
  2. Jonny Bairstow
  3. Kane Williamson
  4. Manish Pandey
  5. Vijay Shankar
  6. Kedar Jadhav
  7. Rashid Khan
  8. Shahbaz Nadeem
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Khaleel Ahmed
  11. Sandeep Sharma

Notable SRH Player Movement

In Sanjay Yadav, Bavanaka Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, and Prithvi Raj, SRH released players who either hadn’t played much last season or had played but failed to impress. In came Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Suchith is unlikely to play but Jadhav will surely feature in most games with his IPL experience and ability to finish off games. He’s also likely to play after all the money they spent on him.

As for Mujeeb, he’s a brilliant player as a mystery spinner and could form a fantastic partnership with Khan; but it’s hard to see where he will fit in with only four overseas players allowed.

SRH: TEAM STRENGTHS

If they play Warner, Bairstow, and Khan as their three overseas players, those are three of the finest in the IPL. Especially Warner and Khan, who would most likely make the all-time IPL XI.

What SRH are extremely good at is defending low totals on tricky pitches, thanks to Khan and Kumar’s bowling and Warner’s clever captaincy.

SRH: TEAM WEAKNESS

The team’s first weakness is the lack of depth in middle-order. They have options in the top-order, but if they fail to click in unison, Hyderabad doesn’t have many options in the middle order.

Another problem they have is that their seven Indian players aren’t always the best. That puts too much pressure on their overseas stars.

WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF SUNRISERS HYDERABAD?

Unlike some franchises where the ownership is split, just one man is at the helm of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. Kalanithi Maran, founder, and owner of the Sun TV Network is a powerful backer who has been at the heart of his team’s success since they were formed.

Maran’s financial backing was the key to the team’s 2016 title win.

WHICH IS THE HOME GROUND OF SUNRISERS HYDERABAD?

Like all other teams, Hyderabad won’t have any home advantage in the UAE. The matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, which traditionally have spinner-assisting pitches. Hyderabad is a batting-heavy side that can take advantage of pitch conditions to score big totals.

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