Sunrisers Hyderabad were dealt a major body blow even before a ball was bowled in the IPL 2018 with David Warner ruled out of the Indian Premier League season 11 after the Aussie opener was suspended by Cricket Australia for ball tampering scandal which was followed by IPL’s decision to ban Warner from IPL 2018 as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad were quick to name Kane Williamson as their new captain and signed Alex Hales as David Warner’s replacement for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Warner’s absence will indeed be a massive loss for the Sunrisers who have relied on their talisman since the inception of this franchise. Warner is one of IPL’s all-time greatest batsmen and captains and him not playing the IPL 2018 will indeed go as a weakness as we discuss the SRH SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for the IPL 2018 season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Complete IPL 2018 Squad:
Alex Hales, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Tanmay Agarwal, Billy Stanlake
Very excited to be part of @SunRisers for this years IPL! Can’t wait to get out there and get started!
— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) March 31, 2018
YES, Cricket is a team game and individual only play a part of the team, however, in case of David Warner, he is what Sunrisers Hyderabad are all about. He won the Orange Cap in 2 of the last 3 seasons, is an outstanding fielding and is one of the finest captains we have seen in the IPL. SRH team 2018 will struggle to replace Warner and their fans can only hope to see the same level of consistency their team showed under David Warner.
Probable Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing 11 for IPL 2018
Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al-Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi
This probable Sunrisers Hyderabad playing 11 may raise a few eyebrows as we have decided to bench Mohd Nabi’s all-round spin abilities in favour of Billy Stanlake’s rapid pace. While it may weaken Sunrisers Hyderabad’s already weakened side but with Stanlake in the side, it allows Yusuf Pathan to get a place in the Sunrisers Hyderabad playing 11 who is a similar player to Mohd Nabi.
IPL SWOT Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) SWOT Analysis – Strengths
1). Very adaptable squad chemistry
At this time, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, and Shakib Al-Hasan seem to the nailed on top 3 foreign stars to play for SRH in the IPL 2018. When it comes to the 4th overseas player option for Sunrisers, you can pick Billy Stanlake (Out and out fast bowler), Mohd Nabi (Spinning all-rounder), or Carlos Brathwaite (Batting all-rounder). All these 3 options will allow Sunrisers to mix and match with their playing 11 and take on the opposition as per their strengths.
2). The finest bowling attack of IPL 2018, including the Indian bowlers
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan form the finest IPl bowling duo this season. Bhuvneshwar has won the Purple Cap in each of the last 2 seasons and has been sensational in death overs where his average economy in last 5 seasons is 9 RPO and his strike rate is less than 8.5 balls per wicket meaning he virtually gives you 2 wkts in every game and that too in death overs, SENSATIONAL.
Coming to Rashid Khan, this Afghan Jalebi is still proving to be a tricky one to handle for the batsmen all over the world. Rashid had an economy of just over 6.5 RPO last season and struck after every 18 deliveries in the IPL. Rashid will be the most anticipated spinner in the IPL 2018 and indeed will make SRH a stronger unit with his craft and wicket taking ability.
3). Shikhar Dhawan’s recent form
Shikhar Dhawan has by far being India’s second best batsman only behind Virat Kohli in limited overs cricket in recent months. Dhawan enjoyed a very successful South African series where he scored 323 runs in the ODI series (2nd highest) and 143 runs in T20Is (highest in the series) to help India win both those series. Dhawan’s good form will allow Kane Williamson to take his time and play through the innings.
4). Skilful batting in death overs
While SRH may not have the likes of Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell who are some of the best six hitters in the death overs but they have the likes of Shakib Al-Hasan (20% dot ball percentage, hits a boundary every 4.5 balls), Manish Pandey (24% dot ball percentage, hits a boundary every 5.5 balls), Yusuf Pathan (23% dot ball percentage, hits a boundary every 4.5 balls), Wriddhiman Saha (25% dot ball percentage, hits a boundary every 4.5 balls) and Deepak Hooda (25% dot ball percentage, hits a boundary every 6 balls) in death overs who are quite handy in death overs and will not let the run rate die down in death overs.
IPL SWOT Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) SWOT Analysis – Weaknesses
1). Slow movers in the powerplay overs in Warner’s absence
With David Warner not in the side, Shikhar Dhawan will have to take the responsibility of being the aggressor and allow Kane Williamson to buy his time and settle into his innings likes Warner did with Dhawan. However, Dhawan averages 18 runs in the powerplay overs at a strike rate of 120 which may not be ideal for SRH as they look to mount a serious title challenge in IPL 2018.
2). Lack of massive six hitters
As discussed above, SRH will need to rely heavily on getting an odd boundary here and there and rotate the strike in the death overs. Yusuf Pathan may not get enough game time this season and Mohd Nabi in the middle overs isn’t the best of options if you need to tonk the ball out of the park at a regular rate.
3). David Warner’s absence
The biggest body blow SRH could have received before the start of IPL 2018 was David Warner’s absence from the tournament. Warner is their best batsman in the powerplay overs (averages 27 runs at a strike rate of 150+ in powerplay) and is their best finisher of the innings (22% dot ball percentage & a boundary every 3.5 balls). No team can replace a player like Warner and it is now up to SRH to deal with his absence and come out with a solid season behind their back.
IPL SWOT Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) SWOT Analysis – Opportunities
1). Deepak Hooda can have a smashing IPL
One man who can change the six-hitting ability for SRH in those middle and death overs is Deepak Hooda after the franchise showed faith in him and once again asked him to play for SRH this season. Deepak Hooda was made Vadodra’s captain in the Ranji trophy and had a smashing domestic season. If on form, Deepak Hooda could be SRH’s game-changing player this season.
2). Saha being pushed to open the innings
If Kane Williamson’s experiment does not work up front for the SRH, we could see Wriddhiman Saha pushed up the order where he has done fairly well in the past. Saha had a decent strike rate in IPL last season (125.13) and we could see him being used as a floater this season for SRH and perhaps his best position is indeed at the top of that batting order.
3). Manish Pandey to fight for the Orange Cap
Kolkata Knight Riders took a punt by not retaining Manish Pandey at the IPl 2018 auction and it backfired badly, however, it turned out to be SRH’s gain as the Indian batsman would hold the key to their batting this season. It is about time, Manish Pandey sets IPL on fire and has a consistent season perhaps this could be his year, watch out!
IPL SWOT Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) SWOT Analysis – Threats
1). Kane Williamson in the Playing 11
Having named Kane Williamson as their captain it means he is certain to start for Sunrisers in all the games which many believe isn’t the ideal case, but are we reading too much into his persona than his IPL numbers? Williamson averaged 42.66 in last season’s IPL and scored 256 runs in 7 innings and that too at a strike rate of 151.47 which was better than both David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. So it seems, Williamson is not that bad an option as experts are making him to be. However, his tendency to eat up balls up front could become vital in few games as SRH need him and Dhawan to send them to quick starts in powerplay overs.
2). Lack of a quality Indian spinner
Rashid Khan and Shakib Al-Hasan are as misery spinners you are likely to find in World Cricket, however, SRH do not have that Indian spinner to fall back on to improve their squad balance. SRH signed a whole lot of Indian pacers but only have Rahul Tewatia to show for an Indian spinner, which frankly isn’t enough.