After the first Hyderabad-based Indian Premier League franchise, the Deccan Chargers was terminated in 2012, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) rose from the ashes like a phoenix with new ownership, more money and a shiny new colour-scheme for their jersey.
Having made their official debut in the 2013 season of the IPL, SRH have seen their fair share of ups and downs as a whole. Starting out strong, the squad went on to become one of the most successful teams that season as it qualified for the Playoffs under the captaincy of Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and India's Shikhar Dhawan.
The roster went on to spiral down the points table in the next two seasons finding themselves to be the sixth best (or third worst) team of the league in 2014 and 2015.
However, under the leadership of Aussie batsman David Warner, SRH reached their true potential in 2016. As Warner had his best season in the Indian Twenty20 league, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first of his squad to win the honorary Purple Cap for his distinguished bowling expertise that season. It was also the only season which brought the title to Hyderabad ever since the Deccan Chargers won it in 2009.
In the 2018 season, SRH consisted of some world class talents in their corner. Even though David Warner was retained and appointed as the captain, he refused to accept this role after being found guilty of the infamous ball-tampering case in South Africa that summer. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) later disbarred Warner from participating in the league that season altogether.April 9, 2018
“Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight,” he tweeted ahead of his team's 2018 season-opening game against the reinstated Rajasthan Royals.
The captaincy was then given to Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper who went on to have a brilliant batting season and ended up winning the Orange Cap whilst scoring 735 runs. The SunRisers went on to qualify for the Playoffs and into the final where they fought hard against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that had been reinstated following a two-year ban due to player-involvement in the 2013 IPL betting scandal.
Following some excellent innings played by skipper Williamson and Yusuf Pathan, it was Chennai's Shane Watson who scored an unbeaten 117 runs to crush their dreams of winning another title as CSK won the final with eight wickets and nine balls to spare and lifted the cup for a record third time making them the most successful IPL team alongside Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians.
However, SRH's dedication and combined team-effort in the heartbreaking loss did gain high words of praise from the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar himself, who tweeted:May 27, 2018
Looking to get back to their winning ways in the twelfth season of the league, SunRisers Hyderabad spent a meagre Rs. 4.40 crores out of their budget of Rs. 9.70 crores in buying Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1cr), while retaining the main athletes from previous season like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, and Sandeep Sharma.
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.