IPL 2022: 3 Players Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) should have retained instead of the current retentions
The Orange Army retained Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik ahead of the mega auction.
Updated - Jan 6, 2022 9:49 am
SRH had a year to forget in their last IPL season as they finished at the bottom of the points table. Sunrisers Hyderabad have always been lauded for having the best bowling unit in the league. But in 2021 they were very ordinary. Only Rashid Khan looked in good rhythm, and the other bowlers were unable to find their flamboyance.
The team joined the Indian Premier League in 2013 after the previous Hyderabad-based franchise got terminated from the IPL. They have been a regular feature since then and have managed to win the title in 2016 defeating RCB in the final under David Warner’s captaincy. Their performance has been quite decent in most of the seasons.
Their retentions ahead of the mega Auction for IPL 2022 have been the most surprising ones. They have retained Kane Williamson which is understandable as he is the front-runner as far as captaincy is considered. The other two retentions are Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. The Jammu-Kashmir duo is talented but the Orange Army had better options.
In the article, let’s talk about three SRH players who should have been retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction
1. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan has been released by the franchise which was the biggest headline from the retentions. No one had predicted that something of this sorts could happen. Khan has been the most consistent performer for Sunrisers Hyderabad as he is still very unpredictable and unplayable on his day.
The leg-spinner has played 76 IPL games and has 93 dismissals to his name at a bowling average of 20.56. He bowls with an economy rate of 6.33 which is brilliant in 20-over cricket. His arm speed is the thing that is most talked-about and he is quick through the air as compared to several other wrist-spinners. He is only 23 years old and has a long career ahead of him.
He is even very capable with the bat, slogging in the death overs and is one of the best fielders around the globe. Rashid is likely to set the mega auction on fire and a number of teams will be looking to rope him in. It remains to be seen in which dug-out Rashid will be there for IPL 2022.