IPL 2017: Defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will be brimming with confidence as it will try to continue the fine form and be only the second team to lift the IPL trophy for two times consecutively. (Picture: Facebook)
The annual cricket extravaganza, Indian Premier League is almost here. The 10th edition of IPL is scheduled to start from April 5, 2017, and will culminate with on May 21, 2017. In a repeat of 2016 final, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 opener. Defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will be brimming with confidence as it will try to continue the fine form and be only the second team to lift the IPL trophy for two times consecutively. Following the termination of the previous team from Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers, SRH made its debut in 2013. Currently, owned by Sun TV channel’s Kalanithi Maran, SRH’s home ground is Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Aussie batsman David Warner will be leading the team which consists of international stars like Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Ben Cutting and Ashish Nehra. Warner had a great last season where he was the second highest run scorer.
Existing Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.
Players bought: Tanmay Agarwal (10 Lakhs), Mohammad Nabi (30 Lakh), Ekalavya Dwivedi (75 Lakh), Rashid Khan (4 Cr), Pravin Tambe (10 Lakh), Chris Jordan (50 Lakh), Ben Laughlin (30 Lakh), Mohammed Siraj (2.60 Cr)
By the time IPL begins, Dave Warner would already have been in India for over a month. Sure, his performance has been rather poor in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, but Warner is a big game player and has been a consistent performer for the SRH. He also brings his captaincy skills to the team and will look to defend the cup with vigorous interest.
Yuvraj has generally been inconsistent in the IPL but his recent comeback into the Indian team against England saw him giving major glimpses of what the southpaw could unleash, given he bats up the order and the team management shows enough faith in him.
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Kumar’s economy rate in T20s is a delightful sight. In a sport dominated by heavy bats and cultured slogging, Kumar has managed to keep his own. Bhuvi’s speed has also gone up and he has added yorkers to his already long arsenal. Although, fitness might be concern for the Indian pacer, he will play an important role if SRH plan to successfully defend their title this year.
List of matches:
Match 1: SRH vs RCB, April 5, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 2: SRH vs Gujarat Lions, April 9, 2017, 16:00 IST
Match 3: Mumbai Indians vs SRH, April 12, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 4: KKR vs SRH, April 15, 2017, 16:00 IST
Match 5: SRH vs Kings XI Punjab, April 17, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 6: SRH vs Delhi Daredevils, April 19, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 7: Rising Pune Supergiant vs SRH, April 22, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 8: RCB vs SRH, April 25, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 9: Kings XI Punjab vs SRH, April 28, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 10: SRH vs KKR, April 30, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 11: Delhi Daredevils vs SRH, May 2, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 12: SRH vs Rising Pune Supergiant, May 6, 2017, 16:00 IST
Match 13: SRH vs Mumbai Indians, May 8, 2017, 20:00 IST
Match 14: Gujarat Lions vs SRH, May 13, 2017, 16:00 IST