The IPL underdogs – Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders! There might be a fair number of doubts, as to why not they are the aces or rather the dominant sides. Well, history speaks for itself. Both the teams, have always been full of potential but lacked an x-factor. Kolkata Knight Riders lifted the IPL title twice in 2012 and in 2014. Sunrisers Hyderabad won it in 2016.
The lack of an edge, to take the team over the line in close matches, is a very important aspect of the game. In both these teams, we have had phenomenal performers over the years. From Brendan McCullum to David Warner, from Chris Gayle to Yusuf Pathan, from Sunil Narine to Dale Steyn. You name it!
But despite having the firepower in the tank, these two franchises have found themselves on the loosing side, not once but on several occasions. Let’s take a look at the teams and how they can perform this year.
IPL 2021: The teams
Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2021: David Warner (Captain), Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (WK), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
KKR full squad for IPL 2021: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Karun Nair, Eoin Morgan (F), Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Tim Seifert (F), Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Andre Russell (F), Shakib Al Hasan (F), Ben Cutting (F), Venkatesh Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine (F), Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora, Pat Cummins (F), Lockie Ferguson (F), Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
How can KKR and SRH fair?
For both the teams, their middle order have consistently under performed. Full of big guns at the top, lack of quality middle-order have undone Kolkata and Hyderabad’s performance.
While KKR’s strength is in their spin department and economical pacers, SRH’s prowess is in their opening options. Their bowling is also up to the mark, with quality spinners.
Their unpredictability surely makes them the underdogs. Perhaps it just might be the year for them to take home the coveted title.