Sunrisers Hyderabad had one bad at office in the Eliminator and they had to bow out of IPL 2017. They were easily one of the best teams in the competition. They were led from the front by an aggressive and passionate skipper in Australian David Warner. They played like true defending champions and only if they had full 20 overs to bowl in the Eliminator, you may never know Sunrisers would have been competing in Qualifier 2.
Sunrisers were also the most popular team in this competition. There were certain bonhomie in the team that was hard to miss. They certainly won hearts of fans. Cricwizz takes a look at few reasons that though eliminated, Sunrisers would continue to enthrall fans with their game on and off the field.
They played hard and fair: Sunrisers posted some of the closest wins in the competition. They managed a few tight wins just by skin of their teeth. They defended low scores with aplomb. They mostly relied on team’s effort to notch up wins. They were a happy bunch of cricketers who fed on each other’s success. Warner and Sunrisers coach Tom Moody and team management should be credited for turning a bunch of cricketers from different nations, regions, languages, dialects into champions. And they played like champions in IPL 2017 before bowing out.
They took the risk to bring in associate nation players within their fold: None of the franchisees had confidence on Afghanistan players except Sunrisers. They bought two Afghanistan players in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. They paid Rs 4 crore for Rashid and every penny spent on the leg-spinner was worth it. Sunrisers should be credited for trusting Afghanistan talented duo. Even Nabi proved he is a trusted all-rounder in the three games he played for the franchisee.
Doing their bit for community service: Sunrisers have a player in Yuvraj Singh who is a cancer survivor. So, they made a great decision in doing their bit for cancer-afflicted children and making their day memorable by spending time with the kids. Yuvraj led the team in doing their bit for this and the happy smiles in the faces of children made it all worthwhile.
Friendship, bonhomie in the squad: Sunrisers played hard and partied harder. They celebrated each win by smearing the face of the ‘man of the match’ winner with cake. So, no one was spared. From Rashid Khan, Yuvraj Singh, David Warner to Mohammed Siraj, each and every player’s faces had cake on their faces during the tournament. It made them bond better and trust better. In another instance, coach Tom Moody was seen mingling with his boys in a game of cards while waiting for flight. It was another heartening sight to see Moody jell so well with his boys.