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IPL 2023: Sunrisers Hyderabad released captain Kane Williamson
Hyderabad team released 12 players before mini auction
Who can be the next captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad?
New Delhi. Before the mini auction of IPL 2023, all the franchises had to submit their list of retained and released players to the BCCI by the evening of 15 November. When this list of Sunrisers Hyderabad came out, one thing was shocking in it. Kane Williamson, who was the captain of the team last season, was not named in the list of retained players. That is, the Hyderabad team released him. That means now the team will find a new captain. What are the options before the team as the new captain? Will the team buy its captain in the auction or will it be given to one of the existing players? Or will the team buy Williamson again in the auction and hand over this responsibility to him? Before finding answers to all these questions, let’s try to know why Sunrisers Hyderabad released Williamson.
After losing 2 consecutive matches last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad won 5 consecutive matches. But, then the team derailed in such a way that it finished 8th among 10 teams. He won only 6 out of 14 matches.
The effect of this was that even before the mini auction, the team released a dozen players including the captain. That is, the Hyderabad management wants to enter the next IPL with a completely new team. Before the mega auction of IPL 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad retained only three players.
It included Captain Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Williamson was retained by Hyderabad for Rs 14 crore. This was the biggest price paid to retain any overseas or foreign player. After this Samad and Umran were retained for 4-4 crores.
Under the captaincy of Williamson, the team proved to be lousy for 2 years.
Sunrisers’ move to make Williamson their first retained player was controversial. This meant that the franchise let go of Rashid Khan, the leg-spinner of Afghanistan. Who himself wanted to be associated with the team as the first written player. But, Sunrisers Hyderabad preferred Williamson’s ability as an anchor batsman and captain in the top order. However, due to this he had to lose a match winner player in the form of Rashid Khan. This affected the balance of the team.
In the absence of David Warner, when he was banned for 1 year due to ball tempering in 2018, it was under Williamson’s captaincy that Hyderabad played the final of the league. In that season, Williamson scored 735 runs at an average of over 52 and a strike rate of 142. In 2021, when Warner’s relationship with Sunrisers Hyderabad soured in the middle of the season, Williamson was made the full-time captain of the team. But, the team finished last i.e. 8th
Williamson’s strike rate is very weak
Last year, both Williamson’s captaincy and bat did not work. Battling an elbow injury, Williamson scored 216 runs in 13 innings at an average of 19 and a strike rate of 93. Williamson had the worst strike rate among batsmen who played 100 balls in the tournament. This affected the performance and overall balance of the team. Because Williamson could not give the team a strong and fast start in the top order. In the last two seasons, neither the captaincy nor the bat of Williamson worked. Seeing this, the team released him.
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Who can become the captain of Hyderabad team?
25 crores have come in Hyderabad’s purse just by releasing Kane Williamson and Nicholas Pooran. In the mini auction, this team will have a purse of 42.25 crores to buy players. Now the question is that whom Sunrisers Hyderabad is looking at as the future captain. Can Williamson be entrusted with this responsibility by buying him at a low price in the auction? Or a bet can be played on a new player. If you look at the current team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar can be an option in the captaincy. He has captained in Williamson’s absence. Has been associated with the team for a long time. In such a situation, instead of spending a huge amount on buying a captain in the auction, the management can also assign this responsibility to Bhubaneshwar.
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Team can bet on Stokes, Mayank
The team has released 12 players. It is clear that the team management of Hyderabad is trying to form a new team for the future. In such a situation, it may happen that a new captain should also be found. In such a situation, the team can spend a lot of money in the auction for Ben Stokes. Stokes has recently won the T20 World Cup to England. He can also bat in the top order. There are also bowlers. In such a situation, Stokes can bring the necessary balance for the team.
Apart from this, Aiden Markram can also be an option. He has led South Africa to the Under-19 World Cup under his captaincy. Punjab Kings also released Mayank Agarwal. In such a situation, the team can also bet on Mayank. He can fill Williamson’s place in the top order and his strike rate is also much better.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 16, 2022, 07:35 IST