Sunrisers Hyderabad

Last Updated: 30 September 2021

The Sunrisers Hyderabad, or as they prefer to call themselves the orange army, joined the IPL scene in 2013. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), joined the IPL due to the previous Hyderabad based IPL team, Deccan Chargers, had the contract from the IPL terminated due to financial issues.

The issues led to Deccan Chargers being banned by the governing council of the IPL. The Deccan Chargers was put up for sale, but unfortunately, no agreement was made with any bids put forward. However, at the last minute the Sun TV Network, one of the biggest mass media networks in India, bought the franchise in late October 2012.

A couple of months later the new owners rebranded the Hyderabad based team to what we now know as the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Hailing from Hyderabad their stadium the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has a massive capacity of 55,000. Since SRH has joined the IPL, they have managed to win it once in 2016, which featured a star-studded performance from one of their oversea players David Warner.

Warner manged to accumulate 848 runs in just 17 matches averaging 60 runs per innings, he was only outdone by Virat Kohli who managed to rack up 973 runs. With that said, when you team Warner’s superb batting with the purple cap winner Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was always going to give them a recipe for success.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad Team

The Sunrisers Hyderabad team has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration in late 2012. Sunrisers Hyderabad retained 20 players from the previous franchise Deccan Chargers for their first season. Having retained only 20 players, this left them with 13 open slots for eight Indian players and five overseas players, for their maiden IPL season.

Initially, they had appointed the Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, as he has had experience in captaincy and is a well-coveted player. However, after just nine matches the captain’s armband was handed over to Cameron White. Cameron White captained for just seven games, as SRH only managed to reach the playoffs before Rajasthan Royals eliminated them.

Check our SRH vs RR analysis for more information on the SRH vs RR head to head.

Overall, for their debut season, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team had many positives to take away with them with star performers such as Shikhar Dhawan, who made amassed 311 runs throughout the tournament and spin bowler, Amit Mishra taking 21 wickets.

Unfortunately for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team they weren’t able to replicate or do better than their performance in their maiden IPL season, for the 2014 IPL season. With the majority of the tournament played outside of India and in the UAE, due to the Lok Sabha Elections. After finishing only sixth and failing to qualify for the playoffs, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were determined to come back stronger.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Jonny Bairstow’s absence is a body blow as SRH look to climb a steep mountain

IN: Sherfane Rutherford

OUT: Jonny Bairstow

Over the last few years, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have been very consistent. Since the start of 2016, they have made it to the playoffs in every single season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – that’s five seasons in a row. Be it under David Warner or Kane Williamson, the Hyderabad-based franchise have stepped up wonderfully.

However, that consistency seems to have taken a hit in the 2021 season. SRH are languishing at the bottom of the points table. They have lost six out of the seven games that they played in the first half. Their only win came against Punjab Kings and on either side of that win, they lost three games in a row.

SRH were very inconsistent with the ball. They heavily relied on Rashid Khan to do the bulk of the work. He returned with 10 wickets in seven games but apart from him, none of the other bowlers have five or more wickets from the first half. Meanwhile, the batting has been decent but it’s been quite top-heavy. SRH’s middle-order has been wobbly and that has been a huge area of concern.

Moreover, David Warner was sacked as skipper and was dropped from the team after the first six games. It was a move that shocked the world and Kane Williamson took over as captain. While the move to remove him as captain may not be as surprising, but the call to drop him was shocking. Warner has been a beast in the IPL over the last few years and he has been supremely consistent.

However, Warner could well regain his spot in the playing XI. Jonny Bairstow pulled out at the last minute and West Indies middle-order batsman Sherfane Rutherford has been named as his replacement. Bairstow’s absence is a body blow to SRH as he was their leading run-getter in the first half of this 2021 season. The England top-order batsman amassed 248 runs at an average of 41.33 while striking at 141.71.

SRH have just one win from seven games. They need to win almost every game from hereon to stand a chance of making it to the playoffs. Last season, the 2016 IPL champions needed to win three games in a row to make it to the top four but winning five or six could be a steep mountain to climb.

Sunrisers Hyderabad 2021 – Play Safe, Make Queer Buys

Arguably the most settled outfit coming into the IPL 2021 auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad had little to do for most of the auction as they had very few slots to fill. With the releases of Fabian Allen and Billy Stanlake, Sunrisers were expected to be on the lookout for an overseas seamer and an all-roynder who can spin the ball maybe, but instead ended up with a below average Indian spinner, a batsman well past his prime and a mystery spinner who would struggle to make it to the XI.

Players released before auction: Sanjay Yadav, Sandeep Bhavanka, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen and Yarra Prithviraj

Players bought: Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Kedar Jadhav was bought in the last round of buys at his base price of INR 2 crore despite the underwhelming season he had in IPL 2020, but more than the doubt surrounding how much playing time he could get, concerns are around what he adds to the batting line-up if and when he plays.

Jagadeesha Suchith is another mystery buy given that Sunrisers have enough spin resources already and a decent overseas group of Afghanistan spinners.

Mohammad Nabi, who was benched for most of last season, alongside Rashid Khan already makes up for two of the most potent spin bowling pairs at SRH if used right. David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson are virtually undroppable from the XI.

All this makes the purchase of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman pretty bizarre. It is unlikely the Afghanistan spinner would get many games. Secondly, he adds to a pool of spinners from his own country when one of them struggled to get games last season. Overall, their purchases fail to cover up for their shortcomings last season and despite the settled unit they are, the new buys add little to the squad, if anything compounding their selection concerns even more.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Players

The Sunrisers Hyderabad roster has always been an interesting spectacle to watch. Since taking over an old franchise, Deccan Chargers, many players have been retained, and many players have been released. After reaching the playoffs yet again in 2019, it will be interesting to see if any players for the upcoming IPL season will be replaced.

Having not won an IPL since 2016, the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp must be thinking about how they can repeat their previous success for the upcoming IPL 2020 season. They do look to be one the IPL 2020 teams to beat. However, they will need to be teams like Mumbai and CSK to stand any realistic chance.

The SRH vs MI away fixture will be of particular importance. Win this match and it sets up a finals appearance nicely.

SRH team 2021 players list

NameTeamRoleBowling StyleBatting StyleNationalityMatchesRunsRuns AverageWickets
Rashid KhanSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderLeg SpinRight HandedAfghanistan621398.6875
Vijay ShankarSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderMedium SeamRight HandedIndia4065429.726
Mohammad NabiSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderOff SpinRight HandedAfghanistan1414616.2211
Abhishek SharmaSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderOrthodoxLeft HandedIndia1414317.873
Abdul SamadSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderLeg SpinRight HandedIndia1211122.21
Virat SinghSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderOff SpinLeft HandedIndia
Mitchell MarshSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderMedium SeamRight HandedAustralia2122517.320
Jason HolderSunrisers HyderabadAll RounderMedium SeamRight HandedWest Indies76614.8514
Kane WilliamsonSunrisers HyderabadBatsmanOff SpinRight HandedNew Zealand53161939.480
David WarnerSunrisers HyderabadBatsmanLeg SpinLeft HandedAustralia142525442.710
Manish PandeySunrisers HyderabadBatsmanMedium SeamRight HandedIndia146326829.70
Priyam GaraSunrisers HyderabadBatsmanMedium SeamRight HandedIndia1413314.770
Kedar JadhavSunrisers HyderabadBatsman87114122.820
Bhuvneshwar KumarSunrisers HyderabadBowlerMedium SeamRight HandedIndia1211837.32136
Siddarth KaulSunrisers HyderabadBowlerN/ARight HandedIndia4612351
Khaleel AhmedSunrisers HyderabadBowlerMedium SeamRight HandedIndia170027
T. NatarajanSunrisers HyderabadBowlerMedium SeamLeft HandedIndia22318
Basil ThampiSunrisers HyderabadBowlerMedium SeamRight HandedIndia20323217
Sandeep SharmaSunrisers HyderabadBowlerMedium SeamRight HandedIndia92448.8109
Shahbaz NadeemSunrisers HyderabadBowlerOrthodoxRight HandedIndia7139347
Mujeeb Ur RahmanSunrisers HyderabadBowler18113.6617
Jagadeesha SuchithSunrisers HyderabadBowler15542712
Jonny BairstowSunrisers HyderabadWicket Keeper Batsman Medium SeamRight HandedEngland2079041.570
Wriddhiman SahaSunrisers HyderabadWicket Keeper Batsman N/ARight HandedIndia124197925.70
Shreevats GoswamiSunrisers HyderabadWicket Keeper Batsman N/ALeft HandedIndia3129314.650

Sunrisers Hyderabad Best Players

Taking a look at the Sunrisers Hyderabad best players comes down to their individual performances but also what skills they bring to the team, off the pitch. To pick who is the Sunrisers Hyderabad best player, this player must excel in all three parts of the game.

Since cricket is game in which you need to excel in three parts of the game, batting, bowling and fielding. If we were to look at the stats of who is the Sunrisers Hyderabad best batsmen, there would only be one-person worth talking about, and that’s David Warner.

Warner is the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s all-time runs scorer, with 4706 runs in 126 matches he is not all the most coveted SRH batsmen but the fourth-highest run-scorer in IPL history. This is an incredible achievement considering SRH was only formed in 2013, and the only people to outscore him have played on average 50 more matches.

As well as an incredible batsmen Warner has been captain and help guide the SRH team to numerous playoffs including the Sunrisers title-winning season of 2016. Warner loves playing in the SRH vs KXIP fixture, where he has scored 70*, 81, 70* and a stunning 51 off 27 balls in the last four innings. 

With Kane Williamson now leading the team as captain and racking up the runs just as fast as Warner. Although, it must be mentioned that the SRH batting line-up is very top-heavy, with a great deal of reliance on their top three batsmen. It’s one thing to get runs on the board but you also need to take wickets, and there is only one bowler who has stood out time and time again for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, and that’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

*400+ runs

DA Warner2014-20197112327112655.442227146.872342312123
S Dhawan2013-20188512251892*34.492026124.28019329449
KS Williamson2015-201941713028938.29964135.06012111044
MC Henriques2014-2017371075574*27.96586128.830526323
MK Pandey2018-201924562883*33.05509123.370615611
NV Ojha2014-201739958479*19.46485120.410133529
Yuvraj Singh2016-201721348870*27.11356137.070215221
JM Bairstow2019-201910244511455.62283157.241214818

SRH Best Bowlers

*20+ wickets

B Kumar2014-201986328.2624351095/1922.337.4118
Rashid Khan2017-20194618231193553/1921.696.5519.8
S Kaul2017-201934128.401089434/2925.328.4617.9
KV Sharma2013-201646141.411109364/3830.87.8223.6
DW Steyn2013-201537142.53985333/1129.846.8925.9
MC Henriques2014-2017421110917283/1632.758.2623.7
A Mishra2013-20142799.31734284/1926.217.3721.3
Sandeep Sharma2018-20192386.40685243/1928.547.921.6

Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs

One of the most useful types of information needed to improve your chances of successful bets is the head to head knowledge of the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs other teams. At Cricket Betting, we have published a full review of all the 2019 and 2018 matches, 2020 match predictions, live match broadcast lists, head to head and match results. – 56 fixtures in all. Accompanying the head to head reviews will be live odds and betting tips on each game during IPL20.

SRH Head to Head

Chennai Super Kings1441029
Delhi Capitals1811761
Gujarat Lions550100%
Kings XI Punjab1712571%
Kolkata Knight Riders2071237.5
Mumbai Indians1788 (1nr)50%
Pune Warriors India220100%
Rajasthan Royals137654
Rising Pune Supergiant41325%
Royal Challengers Bangalore189853

SRH Season Results

YearPlayedWinsLossesNo result% winPosition

Sunrisers Hyderabad 2018

The Sunrisers Hyderabad team 2018 had a big season ahead of them, as the two previously banned teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, made their return to the IPL bringing some serious competition.

Unfortunately for the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room, one of their best batsmen and captain, David Warner, was relieved of captaincy and removed from the squad as the BCCI would not allow him to play amid the Australian ball-tampering controversy in South Africa.

This meant the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson stepped up to captain the Sunrisers for the upcoming IPL 2018 season.

To replace David Warner, England batsmen Alex Hales was pulled into the squad. Despite the loss of David Warner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team had fairly successful season finishing 1st in the group stages.

SRH lost their first playoff match in the SRH vs CSK match, which meant they had to beat the Kolkata Knight Riders to make it to the final. SRH successfully beat KKR, as the KKR team fell short that was set to them. We have more information on the history of SRH and KKR and also a SRH vs KKR match prediction

Unfortunately, for the Sunrisers, that’s where they ran out of steam. As they were humbled by CSK in the final thanks to an excellent innings from Shane Watson.

A positive to take from the tournament for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, was their captain Kane Williamson picked up the orange cap with a massive total of 735 runs scored through the tournament.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad team 2017 was only made up of 17 players from their previous title-winning squad as they released six players.


It wasn’t till 2016 were Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to win their maiden IPL title, winning 11 games and losing 6. Having had their first player, David Warner, receive the orange cap in 2015, it was the turn of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar to win the purple cap for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team.

David Warner almost secured the orange cap again but was pipped to the finish line by RCB captain Virat Kohli. It was SRH vs RCB in the final but fell short as SRH won by eight runs and crowned IPL champions in Bengaluru. 


One of the gamers to look forward to in the 2020 IPL is going to be SRH vs DC. With both teams strengthening their squads this fixture promises to be a cracker. We have a dedicated review of all SRH vs DC clashes with the full list of results and overviews of the most recent SRH vs DC 2018 and 2019 matches.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Owner

The Sunrisers Hyderabad owner have done exceptionally well to take a new franchise and maintain it since it joined the IPL. There have been many new franchises attempting to join the IPL T20 tournament but what often happens is they are unsuccessful which leads to the franchise collapsing.

The SRH franchise is owned by Sun TV Network, where owner Kalanithi Maran placed a winning bid of ₹850.5 million (US$12 million) on a five-year deal, to take over the terminated franchisee Deccan Chargers.

It was not too long after where restructure, and rebranding of the team took place and was unveiled in Chennai, where the HQ for the Sun TV Network is based. Since its inauguration in 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad has gone from strength to strength.

Although in 2019, they experienced one of the worst-performing seasons, the owners have managed to create a team and build upon it, making it capable of mixing in with the experienced franchises.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Team
  • Owner: SUN TV Network
  • Coach: Trevor Bayliss
  • Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium
  • Captain: David Warner
  • Best Finish: Champions 2016
SRH Top Run Scorers 2020
  • DA Warner – 548 at 39.14
  • MK Pandey – 425 at 32.69
  • JM Bairstow – 345 at 31.36
SRH Top Wicket Takers 2020
  • Rashid Khan – 20 best 3/7 at 17.20
  • Sandeep Sharma – 14 best 3/34 at 26.71
  • T Natarajan – 16 best 2/24 at 31.50
  • JO Holder – 14 best 3/25 at 16.64