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Why do fans love SunRisers Hyderabad

Why do fans love SunRisers Hyderabad
There is a lot of great cricket played in IPL and as a cricket fan, there is plenty of choices available on which team to support.  One cannot but appreciate the talents of batsmen like Miller, Maxwell, AB, Dwayne Smith or the bowling skills of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Pravin Tambe, Sandeep Sharma, etc.  We have also seen some extrodinary fielding and catching from the likes of Faf Du Plessis, AB De Villiers, Suresh Raina, etc and the overall fitness levels and athleticism of the players has been outstanding.   While loyalties can be based on the region you live in ("I support Mumbai Indians because I am from Mumbai" etc), one team seems to have a soft-corner in the hearts of many sports fans.  And that team is SunRisers Hyderabad.

I believe there is a very good reason for this.  First up, given that they are a relatively new team - fans want the team to do well, almost like "let us support the new kid in the block".  Secondly, the team does not boast the big names that some of the other teams like Chennai or Mumbai have - and whenever this team takes the field, there a little bit of David Vs Goliath feeling going around.  But most importantly, this team seems to play a different breed of cricket - they want their bowlers win the matches for them.  Look at all the other teams - every team wants their batsmen to do the job for them, the job of the bowlers is merely to contain.  But SunRisers expects their bowlers to go out there every single time and win matches for them through exceptional bowling - whether it is from Dale Steyn or Bhuvaneshwar Kumar or Amit Mishra or Karan Sharma.  Even a 140 or 150 becomes a very difficult score to chase against Hyderabad and this introduces a new dimension to IPL.

This team breaks the monotony of big hitting that we see in almost all other matches in IPL. Don't get me wrong - I love to see a 102 Metre six as much as anyone else, but I also crave for a change.  I would like to see the bowlers winning the battle from time to time.  Is that not what cricket was all about - a battle between bat and ball.  Just for this reason,  I hope we get to see a lot of SunRisers in this year's IPL.

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