IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad predicted XI, strengths, and weaknesses

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) team’s auction table was one of the busiest in this year’s IPL mega auction as they ended up with only ₹10 lakh left at the end. Their owner Kaviya Maran lifted the paddle more than anyone else as the Sunrisers were very aggressive bidders in the early stages. Still, they purchased zero players in the first set. After all the hustle and bustle of the two-day auction, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have assembled what could be called a ‘middling squad’.

As always, they have focussed on stocking up their Indian fast-bowling resources with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022: Biggest assets

Their strength will once again be at the top of the order with Tripathi, Markram, and Williamson all required to complete the bulk of the scoring. Nicholas Pooran has been in good touch in the recently concluded India vs West Indies series with three half-centuries and will look to continue that form in the IPL. The lack of a genuine pacer who bowls at speeds of over 140 kmph has been a worry for them. But they have addressed that issue with purchases of Kartik Tyagi and Umran Malik.

The lack of a quality spinner might come back to haunt them in the latter stages of the tournament as the pitches start to dry out and aid spin. They haven’t replaced Rashid Khan, and the likes of Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, and Abhishek Sharma are nowhere near having the same guile and skill as the wily Afghanistan cricketer. They have taken huge punts on Pooran and Romario Shepherd. Now, the Sunrisers need them to have a good season in order to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. The fitness issues of Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan are also a cause for concern, although they have decent replacements in Kartik Tyagi and Marco Jansen.

Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022: Probable composition of the side

Rahul Tripathi scored close to 400 runs in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) run to the Final last year. He will be key in exploiting the powerplay in place of Warner for the Hyderabad-based franchise. Abhishek Sharma opened for SRH at the end of last season and could continue to do so this year as well. Kane Williamson will be the navigator in the middle overs and is probably the best in the world in that role. Aiden Markram has had a renaissance in white-ball cricket in the past year, batting at No. 4 for South Africa. The Proteas batsman can also play in the top order. The back end of the innings has been a problem for the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a long time. They will look to address that issue with the addition of Nicholas Pooran, who will also provide a left-handed option in the middle-order. Samad and the big-hitting Romario Shepherd, who also bowls at the death, will be the finishers for SRH. Washington Sundar will assume the role of the leading spinner while his batting might come in handy. SRH can field an all-Indian fast-bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar, Umran, and Natarajan.