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Sunrisers Hyderabad look to have a much better season this time around © IANS

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made their debut in Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013. They have had a couple of good seasons already but will wish to finish a step further and win the trophy. Nikhil Popat looks at the team and their performance so far in IPL and how can they do in IPL 2015.

Sunrisers Hyderabad replaced Deccan Charges in IPL 2013. They were happy to retain most of the cricketers playing for the former team. Kumar Sangakkara captained them for the first nine games but he was not quite up to the mark and he dropped himself, making Cameron White the new skipper. Sunrisers Hyderabad, though, did well and managed to get to the Playoffs. They lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Eliminator. They qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 but failed to make an impact, finishing seventh in the competition consisting of 12 teams. IPL 2015 Auction: Sunrisers Hyderabad full list of players bought

They boast of good coaching staff, with Tom Moody being the head coach. Krishnamachari Srikkanth and VVS Laxman are the mentors for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). In 2014, the only two players retained by them were Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn.  Dhawan led them in 10 games after which Darren Sammy took over for four games. They had little success, finishing sixth in the IPL 2014 Points Table. Following this, they released players hinting an overhaul. Among the big names, they released Amit Mishra, Jason Holder, Darren Sammy, and Irfan Pathan. IPL 2015 Auction: Full list of players unsold for IPL 8

In the 2015 IPL auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were very wise. SRH picked up terrific players like Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Indian discard Praveen Kumar. Pietersen, though, had to withdraw from IPL 2015 as he still dreams of international cricket comeback for England. Read:

David Warner was named captain of the team and he will try to get the talented bunch together to string in good performances. With a good bowling attack at his disposal, Warner will want them to make an impact. SRH also possess a decent set of domestic players and the skipper will want to bring out the best out of them. Sunrisers Hyderabad conduct practice session under observation of Moody and VVS Laxman

Strengths: In Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Trent Boult, SRH have the one of the best bowling attacks in IPL 2015. They will hope to make the ballswing and strike early to set up the game for the rest of the bowlers. They have enough variety and should most likely be playing at least four pacers.  Muttiah Muralitharan urges spinners to bowl deliveries that come naturally to them

Warner was named Sunrisers Hyderabad following his superb run so far. He has been prolific for Australia and will hope to do the same for Hyderabad. His aggressive approach at the top and as a leader will give Sunrisers Hyderabad a new look.  IPL 2015: Tom Moody optimistic of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) chances

Weaknesses: In 2014, SRH often struggled for someone to bat through, resulting in them shuffling batting order. They have brought in Williamson but it remains to be seen if he is going to get matches early on. Sunrisers were top-heavy even in the previous edition and are again going to be a team over-reliant on the top three.  IPL 2015: Full coverage

The middle-order looks weak and the lack of big-hitting finisher may be a weakness for the other teams to exploit. Eoin Morgan will play for them in the middle-order but he has not quite been in form, thereby making SRH a bit weaker in that department of the game. Amit Mishra led the bowling attack with his guile and class. His leg spin always kept SRH in contests. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

But with Mishra not being a part anymore, it is time for Karn Sharma to take up the mantle. Karn has not had that much experience and there are not many other spinners for SRH which makes him a permanent fixture. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

Key Players: Shikhar Dhawan had came out as the top scorer for India with a couple of hundreds in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He and Warner form a dangerous combination at the top and with both in form, the opposition will be facing tough time. ANALYSIS: IPL Player Auction 2015: Sunrisers Hyderabad buy sensibly and have a formidable unit

Not many teams in IPL, over the years, have had the domestic Indian players doing well. The teams for which they have done well have had better results. SRH have a couple of such players too, who can perform and shine, given their recent form. Both Hanuma Vihari and Lokesh Rahul had a superb Ranji Trophy 2015. While Rahul was the fourth highest run-scorer this season with 838 runs in just five games at an average of 93.11, Vihari wasn’t too far as he too scored at an average of 86.66 with a couple of fifties to back three hundreds. Both of them might get to play and SRH will hope they can carry their form into IPL. Indian Premier League 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) full squad:

David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, KL Rahul, Eoin Morgan, Ricky Bhui,  Ashish Reddy, Moises Henriques, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Ravi Bopara, Hanuma Vihari, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Padmanabhan Prasanth, Naman Ojha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chama Milind, Praveen Kumar, Trent Boult, Siddarth Kaul.

(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)