The Sunrisers Hyderabad will be starting their IPL 2020 campaign against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, in what would be a repeat of the IPL 2016 final, which is the only title that the SRH have gone onto win.
Ahead of the key clash, former India captain and the president of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Mohammad Azharuddin, sent his best wishes to the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad and also said that he will wait for them to get the trophy home.
In a video message posted on the Twitter handle of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mohammad Azharuddin said, “Hello to the Hyderabad Sunrisers team, the whole contingent. The IPL season is starting and everybody is excited in Hyderabad.
“Although we will be missing you all playing in Hyderabad your homeground, but anyway I wish you the very best in the tournament, and I am sure that you will bring the IPL trophy to Hyderabad, and then we will celebrate here. All the very best. Enjoy your game, have a good stay and be safe.”
SRH have reached playoffs every year since 2016
The Sunrisers Hyderabad, champions of IPL 2016, have been a dominant side in the Indian Premier League since that win, and have made it to the playoffs every year since.
They start as favourites to win the trophy this year as well, and skipper David Warner believes that their squad has the balance that is required to go the distance.
On Sunday, in a virtual media interaction, Warner said that he believes that his side is a good mix of youngsters and experienced players.
“Yes, it is good to have a lot of youngsters in the middle-order. They bring a lot of enthusiasm and show the right kind of attitude, too. I have been hearing some very good reports about it on social media and hope they translate their talent into performances,” Warner said.
Speaking about the balance that is there in his side, he emphasised that Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow, will also be key to their team’s success.
“We have plenty of experience with the likes of Kane, (Jonny) Bairstow, Vijay Shankar to name a few. We got a job on our hand for sure,” he added.