Predicted XI for IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad

After retaining the Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders from 2017 in David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH managed to use their RTM cards on Shikhar Dhawan and Rashid Khan, thereby retaining the core of their team.

The top buys for Sunrisers Hyderabad during the auction in 2018 were Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan. Staying with their tradition, SRH looked to strengthen their bowling resources in both the pace as well as spin departments at the auction. Their quicks include a host of young Indian pace bowlers including Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and  Siddarth Kaul Their spin department boasts of leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Bipul Sharma and Mehdi Hasan.

The troubles for SRH in the past seasons have actually revolved around their middle order batting after the opening duo of Dhawan and Warner. To reinforce their middle order and pinch hitters, they’ve made some good moves, acquiring the services of Kane Williamson who is an ideal number three followed by Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha and Yusuf Pathan down the order. They’ve also got Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Jordan in their squad who are potential match-winners on their day with their abilities to contribute with bat and ball. They might still struggle a bit with their playing XI combination given the overseas talent in their team, and skipper Warner will find it difficult to pen down a XI during the season.

A probable playing XI for SRH in the upcoming IPL season:

  1. Shikhar Dhawan
  2. David Warner (C)
  3. Manish Pandey
  4. Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
  5. Shakib Al Hasan
  6. Yusuf Pathan
  7. Carlos Brathwaite
  8. Rashid Khan
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Basil Thampi
  11.  Siddarth Kaul

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