IPL 2023: Sunrisers Hyderabad Season Review – Late rise, early fall

Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, and Heinrich Klassen’s acquisition in the IPL auction was expected to take them at least to the IPL playoffs this year but Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to live up to the expectations, finishing at the bottom of the IPL points table. Ahead of the auction, they released Kane Williamson and changed the coaching unit with the hope of getting better. However, absolutely nothing worked in their favour in the ongoing season and thus, the management will be heavily disappointed with the brand of cricket SRH played this season.

Last year, Sunrisers Hyderabad did reasonably well and thus, the team management wanted to fill certain holes and they succeeded in doing so at the auction. The 2016 champions looked like one of the strongest teams on paper but on the pitch, hardly a couple of players showed intent as the team managed to win only four out of their 14 matches. The coaching staff reportedly had a fallout with Umran Malik as well and thus, there were too many issues in the SRH camp this season.

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Season record

Under the leadership of Aiden Markram, Sunrisers Hyderabad finished at the bottom of the IPL points table. The team won only four out of their 14 games this season.

What went right?

In a season that was filled with agony, barely anything went in favour of SRH. However, Heinrich Klaasen didn’t give up as he managed to hit 448 runs in 12 matches this season. Another positive thing was the youngsters showing a lot of promise in the middle. Over the course of the season, the stats may show otherwise but Abhishek Sharma, Vivrant Sharma and Mayank Markande showed that they have the ability to become match-winners.

What went wrong?

The management having issues with Umran Malik; Harry Brook and Mayank Agarwal’s performance; not capitalising on home conditions – SRH’s season was full of problems, to say the least. Experienced Indian batters are also something that was missing in the middle. Rahul Tripathi and Mayank Agarwal struggled to score consistently and Sunrisers struggled against spinners and pacers alike.

Highest run-getter

Klaasen finished as the leading run-scorer of SRH. The stumper-batter hit 448 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 177.07, with one century and two half-centuries.

Highest wicket-taker

Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again finished as the leading wicket-taker of SRH. The 33-year-old picked up 16 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 26.56. He also picked up a five-for against Gujarat Titans.

Most memorable moment

Abdul Samad’s six in the final delivery of the match against Rajasthan Royals was definitely the most memorable moment for SRH in what was a come-from-behind win for the Orange Army. Sandeep Sharma was in disbelief while SRH pulled off a heist in the opponent’s den.