IPL 2017: Sun Risers Hyderabad Likely XI

The IPL 2017 starts today with the defending champions SunRisers Hyderabad playing Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

With the SunRisers having an injury free squad, we look at what will be the likely playing XI for them.

Opening Batsmen:

There’s no doubt whatsoever that the experienced duo of Australian batsman and captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan will form the opening pair.

Middle Order:

At number 3, New Zealand batting sensation Kane Williamson is the right pick. As a batsman, the team can surely rely on him. Next in, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh should fit in. When in the mood, the southpaw is a nightmare for bowlers. When needed, he can chip in with some overs of left-arm off-spin too.

At number 5, young all-rounder Deepak Hooda can be the player his team needs. The youngster is a powerful hitter and can score quickly. With his off-breaks, Hooda can be used as a part time bowler too.

Wicket-keeper Ojha is an automatic choice; a consistent batsman and excellent behind the wickets.

Lower-Order:

When it comes to fast bowling, India’s swing king Bhuvaneshwar Kumar can open the bowling along side the experienced Ashish Nehra. And at the death, they are the best you can get.

Barinder Sran can be a good choice in the middle overs. All-rounder Ben Cutting and Sran can contain and keep it tight.

Last but not the least, the 18-year old left arm leg spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan will be the wicket-taking option for captain Warner. Usually known for keeping it tight and bowling quickly through the air, batsmen will find it tough to pick his Googly.

Likely XI:

David Warner (c)

Shikhar Dhawan

Kane Williamson

Yuvraj Singh

Deepak Hooda

Naman Ojha

Ben Cutting

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Rashid Khan

Barinder Sran

Ashish Nehra

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