The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is one of the most consistent teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Although they have won only a single trophy, they have managed to reach the playoffs multiple times. They work on their core team and regularly change their players to add more variety to their attack. With multiple big names in their arsenal, they are looking for a strong side this year.
They will be captained once again by David Warner. The Aussie was phenomenal in 2016 where he guided his team to their inaugural championship victory. Later on, Kane Williamson managed to drag the franchise into the final, but they were outplayed by the brilliance of Shane Watson. This time, it will be interesting to see how their plans pay off.
With a young side, the management can look forward to creating a solid team in the future. A stacked middle order with an attacking top-order ensures that the team is stable. Apart from that, they have the second-best bowling lineup after MI. Well, some players might not get a chance in the upcoming season.
Here are 3 SRH players who might be benched for most of the season:
1. Shreevats Goswami
Shreevats Goswami was a part of the victorious Indian U19 team that won the World Cup under the leadership of Virat Kohli. During that tournament, he did an excellent job by keeping the wickets and scoring valuable runs at the top of the order. He belonged to the group of players, who managed to grab an IPL contract, from that U19 squad And it was an offer from the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Later on, Goswami moved to the KKR franchise during the fourth edition of the IPL. But later on, he found no bidders. Thereafter, he went on to become a part of the Orange Army. He has also opened the innings for SRH on a few occasions. But, unfortunately, he has failed as he has scored only 293 runs in his IPL career.
Goswami’s fall was mainly because of a lack of chances and confidence. But, with Wriddhiman Saha and Jonny Bairstow fighting for the role of the primary keeper in the SRH squad, it is less likely that he will get a chance this year. The only case where Goswami gets a chance is when Saha gets injured and Bairstow decides not to keep the wickets. Adding on, his poor strike rate of 99.32 does not help him to contend for the post of the opener in the squad.
2. Basil Thampi
Basil Thampi belongs to the group of cricketers from the south who ended up playing the sport while they had decided to opt for another job. However, Thampi managed to impress everyone with his ability to generate speed during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. He managed to consistently bowl over 140 kmph during that time and hence he grabbed the attention of the selectors. Later on, he was picked for 85 lakh rupees by the Gujarat Lions.
During that season, he picked up 11 wickets and was awarded the emerging player trophy. After a fresh auction in 2018, he was picked up by the Sunrisers. But, unfortunately, he performed poorly and now he holds the record of the worst bowling figures by an Indian in a T20 game. In a game against RCB, Thampi conceded 70 runs off his four overs.
Later on, in 2019, he bowled at an economy rate of 9,16 which is not satisfactory by any means. Adding on, in 2020, he conceded 46 runs in the single game he played. This is much worse than the previous edition as he conceded runs with an economy rate of 11.50. With an already strong bowling lineup, Thampi might be benched for most of the season.
3. Siddarth Kaul
Siddarth Kaul became a household name after an excellent 2018 season in the IPL. In 17 IPL games, Kaul picked up 21 wickets. All the wickets were picked with a decent economy rate of 8.28. During that time, he was Kane Williamson’s go-to man as he had the knack of picking quick wickets at regular intervals.
Kaul was also a member of Virat Kohli’s team that defeated South Africa during the 2008 U19 world cup. He was so impressive in 2018 that he made it to the national squad. But, unfortunately for him, he had a poor tour to England. And the rise of Jasprit Bumrah made it even more difficult for Kaul to retain his place in the squad.
In 2019, Kaul had a poor IPL season by his standards. He played only seven games in which he picked up six wickets. Adding on, a single game in 2020 showcases that the management might release him next year. This is mainly because the SRH management is looking for younger faces. Therefore, Kaul might not get enough chances this year.
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