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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to start their journey with a victory in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. In the last two seasons, their performance had been underwhelming in the league.
After releasing David Warner, the franchise trusted New Zealand’s Kane Williamson’s leadership abilities, appointing him the captain of the side in the 2022 edition. However, the changes didn’t bring positive results for SRH as they again failed to reach the knockout round, winning only six matches out of 14. SRH then released Williamson as well and this year, South African player Aiden Markram will hold the reins of the franchise. Under the dashing Protea, Sunrisers will look to give their best and add another trophy to their cabinet.
At the 2023 IPL players’ auction, SRH reserved the services of Mayank Agarwal, Heinrich Klaasen and Adil Rashid for the upcoming season, who would now be looking to live up to the franchise’s expectations. Alongside these colossal figures, eyes will be set on some recent performers as well. Going by the numbers of these players in their recent outings, Sunrisers will expect them to rise up and outperform their opponents.
At the 2023 mini-auction, SRH showed faith in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) batter Vivrant Sharma and signed him for INR 2.6 crore. The 23-year-old will now look to justify his amount in the forthcoming tournament. Playing with quality batters such as Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen, he will look to make a mark for himself in the tournament with his batting skills.
His recent batting figures will work as a confidence booster for him to deliver his best for SRH. The left-handed batter shone in the domestic season with some decent knocks in the 2022-23 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT). Playing for Jammu & Kashmir, he scored 128 runs with two half-centuries in four innings at a fine strike rate of 145.45.
After the SMAT, he proved his mettle in the ODI tournament Vijay Hazare trophy as well. With 395 runs in eight games, the youngster became the second-highest run-getter for his team in the competition. He also smashed a ton and two half-centuries en route J&K’s journey to the quarter-finals.
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