IPL 2020 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

They are the newest members of the IPL family and are also a successful franchise. In their brief existence, Sunrisers Hyderabad moved quickly after being founded in 2012. In a short space of time, they have reached two Indian Premier League finals, winning one.

SRH won the IPL in 2016 and are always a strong option in the online cricket betting markets. As we’ll now see, the team are getting plenty of support for the 13th edition of the tournament.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS FOR SUNRISERS HYDERABAD TO WIN IPL 2020?

If you’re getting involved in IPL online betting, 2020 shows Sunrisers Hyderabad as joint second-favourites to win the title. Betway have them at 5.50, alongside Chennai Super Kings. Interestingly, over on Bet365, they are joint-favourites with Mumbai Indians.

SRH are a side with a powerful batting unit and some talented bowlers. With a strong overseas roster, 5.50 could be a good price. But who are the men set to deliver in the IPL 2019 odds markets?

Sunrisers Hyderabad

WHO ARE THE BEST SRH PLAYERS TO BET ON?

David Warner and Kane Williamson, two of the best modern-day batsmen, give Sunrisers Hyderabad a big boost. And while the Aussie will get a mixed reception around India, he is a big favourite here. Kane Williamson is also back this year in a side that is packed with top order overseas players.

Jonny Bairstow and Mitchell will both be eyeing a starting berth too. One or both of those players will have to wait patiently, however. That’s because the leg spinning genius, Rashid Khan, is vital to this team.

HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS IN SRH

The disclosed salaries for most IPL teams in this season’s tournament focus mainly on the retained players. When Sunrisers Hyderabad released their retained list at the end of 2018, David Warner was way ahead of the rest at 12.5 Crore.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a great wicket taker for SRH in recent seasons. And the seamer commands a healthy 8.5 Crore. But that puts him some way behind international team mate Manish Pandey at 11 Crore. Other notable salaries in this Sunrisers Hyderabad squad include Vijay Shankar at 3.2 Crore.

Backed by a wealthy owner, those are some major numbers and they should help SRH get an edge in the IPL 2020 odds markets.

SUNRISERS HYDERBAD: HISTORY

The Sunrisers Hyderabad were formed in 2012. The next year, they then made their debut in the sixth edition of the IPL. SRH made a good early impression, too. The team made it out of the groups in 2013 before they were beaten in the eliminator by Rajasthan Royals.

The franchise wasn’t able to repeat that success straight away. In the next two seasons, the Sunrisers failed to make it out of the playoffs. Glory wasn’t too far away, though. In 2016, SRH landed the ultimate prize as they claimed their first title.

This was a franchise that has always been able to field talented squads. But in that 2016 tournament, those players delivered and gave punters a healthy return in the online cricket betting markets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the Purple Cap as the tournament’s leading wicket taker. Meanwhile, Mustafizur Rahman wasn’t far behind. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan scored heavily for their side, too. And in the final, it was Warner’s 69 that helped his side home against RCB.

To date, Sunrisers Hyderabad haven’t been able to repeat that result. However, they made it out of the groups in both 2017 and 2018. At IPL 11 last year, Kane Williamson scored heavily to take his side to the final. In the end, though, a strong Chennai XI came through.

It’s therefore been a brief, but successful, history for SRH. And for those taking an IPL satta online, 2019 may yet hold another title for the men in orange.

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

It’s an impressive feat for any of the current IPL teams to appear in five knockout phases in seven years. With such a talented bunch of current players, SRH should go deep into the tournament once again. But if you’re backing them in online betting, 2020 needs to compensate for the loss of Shakib Al Hasan, who has been banned from all forms of cricket for two years by the ICC.

NOTABLE PLAYER MOVEMENT

Sunrisers Hyderabad were among the few teams that retained a good amount of their players, releasing only five ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions in Kolkata last December. Among those retained are captain Kane Williamson (New Zealand), dashing southpaw David Warner (Australia) and the belligerent Jonny Bairstow (England). And they are automatic selections in the playing XI. That alone makes SRH a strong matka gambling option for IPL 13.

The loss of Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Capitals in 2019 seemed like a blow but they made the playoff nevertheless. The bigger blow, however, could be the loss of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. That SRH signed Mitchell Marsh (Australia) and young Fabian Allen (West Indies) in the auction indicates their intent to swap in another all-rounder in the squad.

It was, therefore, a quiet auction for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. But can this squad deliver glory in the IPL betting markets for 2020?

PROJECTED SUNRISERS HYDERABAD PLAYING XI IN IPL 2020

There were times that Kane Williamson didn’t make it into this starting XI. Considered too pedestrian for T20 cricket, the Kiwi even sat on the sidelines, but all that changed in 2018 when Williamson took the Orange Cap for leading run scorer. And he’s going to be a popular option in the same IPL betting market this year.

Williamson must start and so will David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. So that’s three of the four overseas berths sewn up. Rashid Khan’s batting is also developing and he could be take the final overseas slot. Its a good headache for SRH to have given the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Mitchell Marsh and Billy Stanlake waiting in the wings.

There are a number of domestic players who are definite starters here, including Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Manish Pandey. But there are also a number of places up for grabs. Taking all of those options into account, we would like to see the following XI if Sunrisers are to justify their price in the online cricket betting markets.

1. David Warner
2. Jonny Bairstow
3. Kane Williamson
4. Manish Pandey
5. Vijay Shankar
6. Shreevats Goswami
7. Rashid Khan
8. Shahbaz Nadeem
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
10. Siddarth Kaul
11. Sandeep Sharma

SRH: TEAM STRENGTHS

Sunrisers have often fielded the strongest top three batters in the competition and that could well continue. Warner and Bairstow are their best bet to start with a bang before Williamson, Pandey and Shankar apply themselves later on.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma bring in both experience in variety in their craft. And lets not forget Rashid Khan, one of the most sought-after cricketers today. These names will be key if those IPL 2020 odds of 5.50 are to be proved correct.

SRH: TEAM WEAKNESS

On the other hand, its also easy to see why Sunrisers Hyderabad—despite their strong IPL 2020 odds—could miss out IPL glory. Firstly, while the top three—should they all start—are big names no doubt, the middle-order is suspect. And secondly, the bowling could require a boost, but if Billy Stanlake or Mitchell Marsh were to get the nod, one of the three overseas batters would have to make way.

How sorely will they miss Shakib?

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 has been key to the 2016 title win. And, although SRH are a new franchise, they are a first matka gambling choice for many. If that success continues, they could also go on to become the most successful of all IPL teams.

WHAT IS THE HOME GROUND OF SUNRISERS HYDERABAD?

The Sunrisers Hyderabad play most of their home matches at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. It’s located in the city and, with a capacity of 60,000, this is one of the largest grounds in Asia.

The Sunrisers have a loyal following and Hyderabad has a large catchment area. So when you can pack 60,000 cricket mad fans into the stadium, SRH become a sound option in the IPL betting markets.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: FAST FACTS

The following statistics were updated at the end of Indian Premier League 2019:

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