Players Bought, Retained, and Released by SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made a late entry into the IPL as they came in at the expense of the now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2013. However, since then, they’ve been one of the most consistent teams. Barring 2014 and 2015 (they finished sixth in both those seasons), they have made it to the playoffs every season.
One of the reasons for their success is the strong core that they’ve built. The team has been built around the likes of David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and Rashid Khan. All these haven’t necessarily been with SRH throughout these years but at the moment, they form a big part of the side.
Thus, ahead of the auction for the 2020 season, they released just five players and had a total of seven slots to fill. Out of those seven, only two could be filled by overseas players. Moreover, they had 17 crores in their purse heading into the auction.
In the auction, they were one of the quietest teams throughout the event. There were hardly any big bidding wars or heated discussions on the auction table. The entire franchise team who were at the auction were cool and calm and it seems like they got the players that they wanted.
SRH had a set core in place and probably they even had their starting XI ready but they went ahead and filled up all their available seven slots. But they didn’t even use up half of their available purse went they entered the auction. They spent just INR 6.9 crore in the auction and had a relatively laid-back time at the auction. SRH bought relatively unknown domestic players and added some decent backup overseas options as well.
SRH’s first buy came after more than 30 players had come up and disappeared (sold and unsold) in the auction. In fact, in the first round, they did not even bid for any player. Their first buy of the auction was Virat Singh. The Jharkhand batsman has been in fine form and has had a very good time in domestic cricket this season. Hence, SRH were involved in a small bidding war with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) before eventually buying him at 9.5 times his base price which was 20 lakhs. Virat Singh was their joint-most expensive buy for whom they paid INR 1.9 crore.
Priyam Garg was the other expensive buy as he was also bought for a sum of INR 1.9 crore. The Indian Under-19 captain who will lead the side in next month’s Under-19 World Cup has been very impressive and it wasn’t a big surprise that he was paid a decent sum. Garg is a decent addition to the side as he adds some nice depth to the Indian middle-order core.
In fact, only Virat Singh and Priyam Garg were involved in a bidding war and the other five players whom SRH bought were all at their respective base prices. With SRH releasing Shakib Al Hasan, they were always going to add some all-round options. Thus, they have gone ahead and bought a seam-bowling all-rounder and a left-arm spinning all-rounder as well.
Mitchell Marsh last played in the IPL in the 2016 edition and it looked like he would go unsold again but SRH reposed some faith in the Aussie all-rounder and bought him at his base price of INR 2 crore. Fabien Allen was also bought at his base price – 50 lakhs. The left-arm spinner from West Indies has been in very good form and can be a very good addition. These two players join Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi and Abhishek Sharma in the all-rounder department. Conditions might dictate their inclusion in the XI.
The other three players that SRH bought are unknown faces – Sanjay Yadav, Abdul Samad and Sandeep Bawanaka. All of them were bought at their base price which is INR 20 lakhs. Moreover, all three of them are middle-order batsman who can chip in with some handy part-time spin.
Sanjay Yadav is a left-handed middle-order batsman who can chip in with some useful left-arm spin as well. He has a decent domestic record as well. Abdul Samad is another middle-order batsman who can bowl some handy spin (leg-breaks). He hails from Jammu and Kashmir and has been impressive in his short T20 career so far. He averages 40 and strikes at 150 and has also been in good form in recent times. Sandeep Bawanaka has been very impressive and is a local Hyderabad lad. He topped the batting charts for Hyderabad in this Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as he scored 261 runs at an average of 87.00 and a strike-rate of 141.84. Thus, it was a quiet time at the auction for SRH and that’s largely because they already had a settled side. They seem to have plugged in a few holes and seem to have all bases covered. It’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the Kane Williamson situation with the likes of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan almost guaranteed starters. But overall, they have a strong side and are looking good heading into the 13th season of the IPL.