When the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s predecessor franchise – the Chargers finished bottom of the totem pole in the first season of the Indian T20 League. Among the several changes the world levelled at the side, one even stated that the Deccan team needs to ‘recharge’.
Surely enough the next season they came back ‘recharged’ to win the second edition.
The former Deccan Chargers franchise is now defunct and having been bought over by the television conglomerate ‘Sun TV Network’, the side has been rechristened ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad’.
Coming in as the underdogs they occupy the upper echelons of the league table. That doesn’t raise many an eyebrow, given underdog wins have been somewhat epitomised in the Indian T20 League right from the outset (When a’ Warney’ led Royals were crowned victors in the inaugural season). Given the number of auctions and multiple player swaps, perhaps one would hardly recognise the new Hyderabad outfit despite majority of the players being retained from their Deccan predecessors.
One of the myths to be debunked since the league’s inception was that a star studded line up was paramount to a team’s success. After all, the earliest Deccan Charger’s side boasted of players like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi, VVS Laxman, Scott Styris, Herschelle Gibbs, Chaminda Vaas and they registered a meagre 2 wins in their 14 games. And as the Indian T20 League has proved ever so often it is more often than not the unsung heroes that steal the limelight.
So for the league’s newest ‘rising sons’ it’s not just the experience of the old war horses in skipper Kumar Sangakkara or his deputy Cameron White; or the bowling prowess of Dale Steyn & Ishant Sharma; or Amit Mishra’s guile making him the only bowler to take 3 hat-tricks in the league’s six year history. The success of the team has been how they have gelled as a team restricting sides to paltry totals of under 120 on most occasions and even defended equally low scores when they have been skittled batting first.
While the league has still not reached the business end and there can be many a slip between the cup and the lip, one thing’s for certain, the sun is nowhere close to setting on this Hyderabad outfit.