BCCI revealed that the player auctions ahead of the Indian Premier League 2020 would take place on December 19, 2019. The trading window would be open until 14th November 2019, and each team can restructure themselves before going to the big auction stage.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a decent campaign last year. Being one of the teams to be knocked out in the playoffs, they would like to take a further step this year. Looking at their squad, making them a trophy-winning team requires only a few minor tweaks.
Their key overseas players fared exceedingly well in the 2019 World Cup. With 648 runs, David Warner was the second-leading run-scorer in the tournament, while Shakib Al Hasan finished as the third with 606.
Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow also had an excellent World Cup. Thus, SRH has these brilliant World Cup performers to depend heavily on for the upcoming season. However, some of the players performed poorly in the previous IPL season so they are likely to face the exit door.
The three players most unlikely to continue with them:
Deepak Hooda was one of those big-hitting batsmen who failed to deliver in SRH’s lower order. In the 11 matches Hooda played last season, he scored just 64 runs at an average of 10 and a strike rate of 101. Such a meager strike rate could be a cause of concern for the management and strengthen their decision to release him. Although the 24-year-old is a very talented player, he has accomplished nothing remarkable for SRH since wearing their jersey in 2016, and seeing him released wouldn’t be a big concern for the management.
Martin Guptill is another player who might be released. The finest Kiwi opener doesn’t have space in their squad it seems. Thanks to the exceptional performance of the overseas openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner last season, Guptill got only three matches to play. Therefore the management might consider freeing up an overseas slot to get a more active player than him.
Along with these two, Yusuf Pathan has a heavy chance of getting released. In the ten matches he played, Pathan scored just 40 runs at an average of 13. One of the most embarrassing facts about Pathan’s IPL 12 performance is that he hit just one six in all the matches he played.
We could find all their pre-auction moves in the coming days.