Sunrisers Hyderabad have once again formed a formidable unit © AFP
Sunrisers Hyderabad have once again formed a formidable unit © AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had retained their core of their team during the Player Retention event few weeks ago – David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, they managed to make their squad an all-round pack that can be termed as a formidable unit after the 2018 IPL auctions. The first player that SRH picked was their star opener Shikhar Dhawan. Of course, they had to fight it off with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) but managed to RTM him for INR 5.2 crores. They also RTM Rashid Khan for INR 9 crores. He will also have his teammate Mohammad Nabi supporting him in this edition of IPL.

Deepak Hooda, too, was back into the Orange Army for INR 3.6 crores.  However, it was their winning bid of Manish Pandey for INR 11 crores that hogged all the limelight. They broke the bank for Pandey and also stole away big names from the franchises like Shakib Al Hasan, Sandeep Sharma, Carlos Brathwaite and Yusuf Pathan for bargain prices.

Here is SRH’s scenario post auction:

Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2018 
Players Type Country Base Price
David Warner Captain & Batsman Australia 12.5 cr
Manish Pandey Batsman India 11 cr
Rashid Khan Bowler Afghanistan 9 cr
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Bowler India 8.5 cr
Shikhar Dhawan Batsman India 5.2 cr
Wriddhiman Saha Wicketkeeper India 5 cr
Siddarth Kaul Bowler India 3.8 cr
Deepak Hooda Batsman India 3.6 cr
Kane Williamson Batsman New Zealand 3 cr
Sandeep Sharma Bowler India 3 cr
Syed Khaleel Ahmed Bowler India 3 cr
Carlos Brathwaite All-rounder India 2 cr
Shakib Al Hasan All-rounder Bangladesh 2 cr
Yusuf Pathan All-rounder India 1.9 cr
Mohammad Nabi All-rounder Afghanistan 1 cr
Chris Jordan Bowler England 1 cr
Shreevats Goswami Wicketkeeper India 1 cr
Basil Thampi Bowler India 95 lakhs
Billy Stanlake Bowler Australia 50 lakhs
T Natarajan Bowler India 40 lakhs
Mehdi Hasan Bowler India 20 lakhs
Ricky Bhui Batsman India 20 lakhs
Tanmay Agarwal Batsman India 20 lakhs
Sachin Baby Batsman India 20 lakhs
Bipul Sharma All-rounder India 20 lakhs

To complete their pace attack, SRH also brought back Siddarth Kaul. Meanwhile, SRH have an option between Wriddhiman Saha and Shreevats Goswami to keep the wickets.

Dean Jones has already predicted SRH making it to the final again. Will they?