Sunrisers Hyderabad will go into the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) as defending champions after winning the crown last year. Under the captaincy of David Warner, the Hyderabad-based franchise defeated Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 final, ending the campaign with a total of 11 wins and six losses.
Looking to defend their title, the franchise made quite a few changes following the IPL auction held earlier this year. The Sunrisers did not retain England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan and New Zealand's Trent Boult.
The franchise instead made headlines for giving Afghanistan players Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan contracts for Rs 3m (£35,800, $44,700) and Rs 40m (£478,700, $596,600) respectively. England all-rounder Chris Jordan is another addition, having previously played for RCB.
The Hyderabad side have a relatively injury-free side ahead of their opening game against RCB, but Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman will join the squad only after the opening game.
Coach: Tom Moody
David Warner: While the Hyderabad skipper could miss the opening game of the 2017 season as he was given leave by the franchise to recharge, it is likely to pay dividends in the latter stages of the tournament.
The Australian scored 848 runs in the 2016 IPL season, the most by any Australian and only second behind Kohli who had 973 runs.
Overall, Warner has bagged 14 IPL man-of-the-match awards – the most by an Australian – and is three behind Chris Gayle who has taken home 17. If the franchise have a shot of retaining their title, they will need a fit and firing Warner present in the team.
|05/04/17||Wednesday||3.30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Hyderabad|
|09/04/17||Sunday||11:30am BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Gujarat Lions||Hyderabad|
|12/04/17||Wednesday||3.30pm BST||Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai|
|15/04/17||Saturday||11:30am BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kolkata|
|17/04/17||Monday||3:30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab||Hyderabad|
|19/04/17||Wednesday||3:30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils||Hyderabad|
|22/04/17||Saturday||11:30am BST||Rising Pune Supergiants v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Pune|
|25/04/17||Tuesday||3:30pm BST||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Bangalore|
|28/04/17||Friday||3:30pm BST||Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Chandigarh|
|30/04/17||Sunday||3:30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders||Hyderabad|
|02/05/17||Tuesday||3:30pm BST||Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Delhi|
|06/05/17||Saturday||11:30am BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rising Pune Supergiants||Hyderabad|
|08/05/17||Monday||3:30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians||Hyderabad|
|13/05/17||Saturday||11:30am BST||Gujarat Lions v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kanpur|
The Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise was formed in 2013 following the termination of the Deccan Chargers for breach of contract. Before winning the IPL for the first time in 2016, their previous best finish was in 2013 when they reached the play-off stage.
Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner (C), Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.
While the Hyderabad outfit were not favourites to win the IPL last year, it would be wise not to rule them out this year as they have an injury free squad and with Warner, they can be confident of making the play-offs.