Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2019 Team Preview

Head coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

Previous finishes

2018: 2nd
2017: 4th
2016: Winners
2015: 6th
2014: 6th
2013: 4th
2012: N/A
2011: N/A
2010: N/A
2009: N/A
2008: N/A

2019 Roster

Local players: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Wriddhiman Saha

Overseas players: David Warner (AUS), Mohammad Nabi (AFG), Kane Williamson (NZ), Billy Stanlake (AUS), Shakib Al Hasan (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Martin Guptill (NZ), Jonny Bairstow (ENG)

Newcomers: Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem

What’s new at Sunrisers Hyderabad coming into IPL 2019?

The Sunrisers pulled of a high-profile trade by allowing Shikhar Dhawan to join Delhi Capitals in exchange for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem but that did leave them somewhat weakened at the top of the order where Dhawan hit 497 runs as their second highest runscorer last year.

That prompted moves for Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow and the talented duo more than make up for the departed Dhawan. Combined with their arrival, Vijay Shankar has plenty to prove as he competes for a place in the Indian ODI World Cup squad and he has been in fine form in warm-up matches.

Who are the key players for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019?

The Sunrisers are the only team captained by an overseas player and with good reason. Kane Williamson skippers the side after a truly stunning 2018 tournament where he was comfortably the best batsmen in the tournament hitting eight fifties and one century on the way to 735 total runs in 17 matches. Their hopes rest heavily on his shoulders once again.

They will also need Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan to produce the goods once again following his 21 wickets in 2018 – the second highest tally tied with team-mate Siddarth Kaul, too. He continues to impress and there is little argument with many who claim him to be the best T20 spin bowler in the world right now.

What are the question marks for Sunrisers Hyderabad coming into IPL 2019?

There remain major questions marks over David Warner and how he will fare after a year out of the game, and then subsequent surgery on a troublesome elbow which halted his spell in the Bangladesh Premier League. He has played very little cricket in recent times and though he did manage three fifties in his seven innings, this will be one of the biggest challenges of his career against world class bowling.

How do The Stats Zone think Sunrisers Hyderabad will perform in IPL 2019?

The Hyderabad outfit have the best set of overseas players in the tournament and they will be fundamental to their hopes once again. The likes of Williamson and Rashid Khan will be vital and they have the potential to go all the way once again this year.

Prediction

A place in the top four seems inevitable but they are our favourites to win IPL 2019.