5 potential captains Sunrisers Hyderabad should target in IPL 2022 Mega Auction
Here are few players SRH can look to target as captains during next year's mega-auctions.
Updated - Sep 23, 2021 3:12 pm
Call them the least entertaining team, call them the best bowling team or call them the most consistent team Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) sure know a thing or two to go about their business in the usual calm and calculative manner. They don’t boast of superstar players like some of the other celebrated teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Mumbai Indians or Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yet they get their job done and without breaking a sweat.
Also, they were the only one of the teams to have consistently made it to the playoffs of the IPL since 2016. But things look bleak this year as they have won just one match in their eight completed games in the 14th edition of the IPL. Although they are not officially out of the race yet, the turnaround this year looks a bit challenging. They also left everyone surprised when David Warner was removed from the captaincy.
Although they announced Kane Williamson as the captain and have put trust in his leadership abilities for a long team, the franchise would be keeping an eye on few possible players with regards to captaincy during the next year’s IPL mega-auctions.
Here are few players SRH can target for captaincy during the mega-auctions in 2022:
1. Steve Smith
The former Australian skipper Steve Smith comes with an immense amount of leadership experience under his belt. He also has previously captained IPL teams like Rising Pune Supergiant and Rajasthan Royals and knows a thing or two about captaining in a high-profile league like IPL. Smith currently plays for Delhi Capitals.
But with only three players allowed to be retained by the franchise, Smith might not be playing for the Capitals next year. SRH, who are looking out for a solid player as well as a backup leader can look to get the former Australian skipper in their team. During this season of the IPL, SRH middle-order batters have failed to deliver on a consistent basis, which has put undue pressure on Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and Warner.
So, having Smith in the team might be useful for SRH in tackling their middle-order woes. Also, Smith can double-up as a leader and can take some pressure away from Williamson.