It is the reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who kick-start the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 with a glamorous opening ceremony and an action-packed match with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). With impressive performances throughout the season, SRH had won the hearts as well as the title in IPL 9 and they will look to follow the same in 2017 as well. In the auction, SRH kept the core team untouched but added a handful of effective players very wisely. With their first match about to begin, here are the players who can prove to be the dark horses of the team, surprising all with their performance: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1 at Hyderabad
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Contract worth: INR 40,000,000
Afghanistan have emerged as one of the most talented young sides in limited-overs cricket and Rashid Khan is one asset they brag about. Immensely consistent with wickets, Rashid’s leg-spin is rich with sudden and well executed googlies. In Indian conditions, Rashid may emerge as one of the most effective bowlers of the tournament. He also has good experience of playing in India after Afghanistan’s series with Ireland at Greater Noida, which is now Afghanistan’s home ground. His hard-hitting abilities earn him some extra points too.
IPL history: Debut
Tanmay Agarwal (India, uncapped)
Contract worth: INR 100,000
Local lad Tanmay Agarwal has already grabbed attention of the avid cricket followers with his performances in domestic circuit. Among his recent heroics is his performance in the inter-state T20 tournament where he topped the list of most run-getters with a whopping 250 from 5 matches, with an average of 50. This knocks include a 91 and an 85, which shows both his ability and good form. Belonging to the rare breed of aggressive openers, stage is set for Agarwal to impress global audience in IPL.
IPL history: Debut
Barinder Sran (India)
Barinder Sran had a fruitful stint for India both in Australia as well as Zimbabwe, but he brought himself into limelight when to picked up a 4-wicket-haul to seal the deal for his side in a T20I match. However, the player has been sidelined following the series due to two injuries. He also had a very good IPL season in 2016. Making his comeback with IPL 2017, Sran can hold the key to SRH’s success with his ability to produce consistent pace and the surprise of bouncers.
IPL history: Picked by Rajasthan Royals in 2015, by SRH in 2016 for INR 12,000,000
Matches: 15 | Wickets: 14 | Ave: 32 | Econ 8.53
Squad: David Warner (c), Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha (wk), Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.