New Delhi: The Hyderabad-based franchise, previously known as Deccan Chargers, has had a topsy-turvy five years in the IPL - from being the bottom dwellers in the first season to going on to win the very next year and then having two very poor years, to now starting IPL 6 with a clean slate and a new name. Deccan has made way for Sunrisers Hyderabad and fittingly, they will need to rise big time to make an impact this edition. The new owners, Sun Group, retained 20 players from last season but let go off some important players, namely last auction's highest gainer Daniel Christian and bright domestic talent Ishank Jaggi from Jharkhand.
The team, once comprised of true batting heavyweights like Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi, Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma, now looks drastically different and it is their bowling which looks the strongest. Spearheaded by the South African Dale Steyn with Ishant Sharma, the IPL's second-highest wicket-taker Amit Mishra for company and Rusty Theron and Clint McKay in the mix, Sunrisers will be hoping their bowlers are in top form throughout IPL 6.
Injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and JP Duminy come as a big blow for the franchise, but the inclusion of young South African opener Quinton de Kock and allrounders Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy will boost the team. The other opener, Parthiv Patel, reinvented himself as an attacking player last year and reaped rewards for his approach and this year too, if he is able to get in his zone, the opening pair of Patel and de Kock could prove instrumental.
Kumar Sangakkara is a vital cog for Sunrisers' batting and he would be hoping that the local talents like Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Bharat Chipli and Ravi Teja play around him. Cameron White has had a mixed IPL journey so far and if he gets going, the signs would be good for Hyderabad. However, the biggest bane for the team has been the lack of performance from the local players and if Sunrisers hope to put up a fight against the big boys, they would need to step up. Anand Rajan, who plies his trade for Madhya Pradesh in the domestic circuit, has been the better of the lot and performed well last season. Nathan McCullum was picked up in this year's auction and the New Zealand allrounder could prove to be the value for money player along with Sri Lanka's Perera, if they are able to get into the playing XI for the Sunrisers.
Key Players: Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Quinton De Kock, Amit Mishra
Players Retained: Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Ashish Reddy,Dale Steyn, Anand Rajan, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Kumar Sangakkara, Rusty Theron, Amit Mishra, Ankit Sharma, Bharat Chipli, Parthiv Patel, Biplab Samantray, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Ishant Sharma, Ravi Teja, JP Duminy
Players Dropped: Darren Bravo, Manpreet Gony, Tanmay Srivastava, Kedar Devdhar, Daniel Harris, Syed Quadri, Tanmay Mishra, Arjun Yadav, Daniel Christian, Ishank Jaggi, Sneha Kishore, Sunny Sohal, T Atchuta Rao
Players Bought: Thisara Perera ($675,000), Darren Sammy ($425,000), Sudeep Tyagi ($100,000), Nathan MCullum ($100,000), Quinton de Kock ($20,000), Clint McKay ($100,000)
Foreign Players: Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Kumar Sangakkara, Rusty Theron, Quinton De Kock, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Clinton McKay, Nathan McCullum
Domestic Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Amit Mishra, Ankit Sharma, Bharat Chipli, Parthiv Patel, Biplab Samantray, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Ishant Sharma, Ravi Teja