Here is a look at the SRH team for the 2014 IPL edition - and my take on it.
- Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Venugopal Rao, S Anirudha, Manprit Juneja and Ricky Bhui are the pure-play batsmen
- Darren Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Moises Henriques and Parveez Rasool are the all-rounders
- They have 3 wicketkeeper batsmen in Naman Ojha, Brendan Taylor and Amit Paunikar
- Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Karan Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jason Holder, P Parameswaran, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind are the fast bowlers
This is a big team with a lot of bench strength. I think the following players will be automatic selections - atleast for the initial games: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Darren Sammy, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha, Amit Mishra, Karan Sharma, Dale Steyn, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ishanth Sharma.
The batting will revolve around Shikhar, Warner and Finch and the team will be hoping they fire in all the games. Beyond these three, there is not a lot of batting.
The bowling attack looks strong with Dale Steyn & Amit Mishra being the key bowlers. Others like Buvi Kumar and Karan Sharma are very good bowlers and this bowling attack will be a handful in most matches. Both Ishanth Sharma and Irfan Pathan will be keen to turn in good performances here.
Jason Holder will probably play a few games at the expense of either Aaron Finch or David Warner – if the team wants to go in with an extra bowling option. The dangerous floater in the team is Darren Sammy – who can turn the match with his batting or bowling. I would love to see Parveez Rasool get a few games - he could be the answer to India's long-standing search for a good off-spinner.
Overall, the team looks decent and will win a few matches on the back of strong individual performances. The team will look to its bowlers to win many matches for them with their batting looking weak beyond the top 3. And I suspect that the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan will be put to the test in this tournament.