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IPL 2019, KKR vs SRH: Predicted overseas players for Sunrisers Hyderabad

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#2 Kane Williamson (or Jonny Bairstow if Williamson is not fit)

Kane Williamson won the Orange Cap in 2018
Kane Williamson won the Orange Cap in 2018

The Orange Army suffered a huge blow last year as their aggressive captain David Warner got caught in the ball tampering issue which became a huge controversy in the cricketing world, leading to his suspension.

All eyes were on Kane Williamson, as he was the second-most senior player after Warner. Williamson was appointed as the commander of the Orange Army, and he proved himself to be perfect for the role. As captain, he guided the team to the IPL finals in 2018.

During the 2018 season, Williamson proved wrong all the doubters who thought he might not be good in the shorter version. The 28-year-old can contribute to the team with the bat, and can be a deputy to Warner.

Williamson would bring all of his international captaincy experience to the SRH dug out. That could be fruitful in a such a high-stakes, high-tension tournament.

That said, Williamson picked up an injury in the series against Bangladesh, and is now in a race against time to be fit for the match against KKR. If he can't get back to match fitness by the morning of the match, SRH will likely play Jonny Bairstow instead of him.