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Sunrisers Hyderabad released a whopping nine players for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, including Shikhar Dhawan, who was traded to the Delhi Daredevils, now the Delhi Capitals. The franchise will have to find a good replacement for the Indian opener. The team led by Tom Moody will have a headache when David Warner returns.
They will have to choose between the Australian and Kane Williamson, who led SRH to the final last edition. The Sunrisers have five player places available to fill at the Players Auction with a salary cap of Rs 9.7 crore left. The Hyderabad franchise can target up to two foreign players. The SRH team hopes to get a star wicketkeeper to the auction table.
Sunrisers grab three players from the auctions:
As expected, the Sunrisers Hyderabad went for the wicketkeeping options at the auction table. They bought back Wriddhiman Saha for 1.2 crores INR after sneaking an in-form Jonny Bairstow for just 2.2 crores INR. The franchise spent a whopping five crores INR on Saha alone last season but got Saha and Bairstow for that amount.
In fact, the SRH team also purchased Martin Guptill as a backup opener at the auction. They didn’t have to put much effort into buying the dangerous batsman as the New Zealand player was sold to SRH at his base price of 1 crore INR. The Hyderabad franchise had a maximum of five slots to fill, but bought only three players, including two foreign players, and reached the selection limit for foreigners.
Here is the full roster of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the IPL 2019:
Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill.