Indian Premier League team profile: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad finished fourth in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. They also qualified for the Champions League T20 the same year.

Updated: April 13, 2014 18:11 IST
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The start of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is just two days away but before that the teams have been finding their feet with a complete reshuffling of personnel after fresh IPL player auctions. (Coverage of IPL 2014)

However, little has changed for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

They retained their best in both the batting and bowling departments, bought back their biggest hitter in Darren Sammy and their Indian bowlers in Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra. (Full schedule)

No wonder the same support staff is happy with the way the Sunrisers Hyderabad are shaping up just two days before the start of the IPL. Chief Coach Tom Moody said: "We were very happy with our auction. We feel we have a better side this year".

Team mentor and former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was happy to have retained the core of the team in Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Karn Shama, Amit Mishra and Dale Steyn. (Teams participating in IPL 2014)

"The most important thing is that we were able to get almost the core team, which is very important," Srikkanth said.

In the pace bowling department, the familiar faces of Ishant and Steyn will be partnered by a formidable pair - young Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the wily Irfan Pathan.

Pathan, who is hoping to get back to the Indian team on the back of his IPL performances said: "If I play really well for my franchise, that dream will automatically come back to me, which is playing Test cricket for the country".

The Sunrisers also have probably the most explosive T20 openers in their ranks in Aaron Finch and David Warner. It is a good team on paper, but the focus right now is to get a good start in the tournament. Their open their campaign against Rajasthan Royals on April 18 in Abu Dhabi.

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