IPL 2019: 3 best pace attacks this season
Sunrisers Hyderabad are a team who have focused more on their bowling than their batting in recent years. The results finally started to show in the 2016 season and there has been no looking back since then. The 2016 champions ended up at the fourth place in 2017 edition and runner-ups in 2018. While other teams rely heavily on a couple of bowlers to pick wickets, SRH hunt in a pack.
The Hyderabad-based franchise went into auctions with almost all bases covered. The core of the attack remains the same as last year, except for the release of Brathwaite and acquisition of Vijay Shankar from Delhi Capitals. Bhuvneshwar, one of the best limited-overs bowlers around the globe at the moment, will be spearheading the attack. The new ball options for SRH include Bhuvi, Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake and Khaleel Ahmed. Sandeep Sharma has been a very consistent new ball bowler for the past 3-4 years. Khaleel has gained much experience by playing international cricket and will be getting more game time this season.
Bhuvneshwar will also have the responsibility of taking care of the death bowling. But just like with the new ball, he has more than decent support at the death. Siddharth Kaul has been a consistent death bowler for SRH, Stanlake is a proven customer and the presence of Basil Thampi, who is good with his yorkers makes the death bowling look sorted.
Vijay Shankar with his medium pace will be a good option in the middle overs. And then there is T Natarajan, who was unused last year but can be used as a surprise package this time around. Overall, SRH not only have the strongest starting XI pace attack, but they also have a bench which is as lethal. As a unit, SRH's pace attack remains the best among all teams, just like every other season since 2016.