5. Quinton De Kock

On playing 77 IPL matches, he has hit 2256 runs with a strike rate of 130.93. He comes with the package of wicket keeping and has captained the Proteas before, so might be a good captaincy material too.

4. Shikhar Dhawan

In the list of the orange cap, he finished fourth in 2019, second in 2020, and fourth in 2021. Though being their highest run-getter in all his blue appearances, he has not been retained by the Delhi franchise. Dhawan is an experienced campaigner and is very fit for his age.

3. Shubman Gill

The young Indian opener Shubman Gill was not retained by his debut team Kolkata Knight Riders. He was bought in 2018 and has been their constant opener since then. He is seen as a future prospect of Indian batting. The 22-year-old batter has played 58 matches and has scored 1417 runs with an average of 31.48.

2. David Warner

One of the most successful openers in IPL history, David Warner had a dream run with SRH after joining the franchise in 2014. He piled up 414 runs for them, and also excelled on the captaincy front. SRH’s only IPL-winning captain so far, Warner, had led them to title glory in 2016.

1. KL Rahul

The 29-year-old right-handed batsman is a powerful opener with his hard-hitting and classy style of batting. He was released by Punjab Kings during IPL 2022 retentions. The franchise could not finalize a deal with the Indian player and had to part ways with him ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction.