The Deccan Chargers failed to produce a 100-crore bank guarantee before the Bombay High Court on October 12, 2012, a condition that was set by the court for the team's continuance in the IPL, which meant it was all over for the beleaguered team.
They requested for a status quo maintenance, BCCI challenged it in the court and with the court ruling in the cricket body’s favour, invites were soon opened for fresh bids for the franchise.
Cut to 2013.
Sun Group rakes in the franchise at Rs. 85.05 crore a year and amidst much speculation rechristens the Hyderabad franchise as ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad’. The new management retained 20 players from the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, but let go off some crucial players in the form Daniel Christan, the rising star from Jharkhand, Ishank Jaggi, and others.
The Deccan Chargers have had a very steep curve in the five editions of IPL so far. Basking down at the bottom of the points table in the inaugural season of the tournament, they went on to win next season under the handsome leadership of Adam Gilchrist as captain and Darren Lehman as the coach.
After hitting this high note, things haven’t been easy for the team at all. The team sheet is drastically different now and scores more points on the bowling department with Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma leading the attack.
Other than the 20 players, the management has ensured everything is brand new for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their logo with the flying eagle and rising sun is surely going to strum a lot of inspirational tunes amongst fans. The team also has a new coach – Tom Moody, who earlier spearheaded the campaign for Kings XI Punjab. He will joined by two mentors VVS Laxman and Krish Srikkanth. Interestingly, Sunrisers have also roped in Waqar Yunis as their bowling coach.
Sunrisers Hyderabad take guard in their opening match on the 5th of April against Pune Warriors India and will be missing Shikhar Dhawan for the match and much of the season as he is recuperating from an injury he picked up at the recently concluded India-Australia Test series. Another point of contention for the Sunrisers team will be their performance at the home venue. The erstwhile Deccan Chargers have had a very poor home record in the previous editions and the fans pouring in this time would definitely want to see their home side register more victories in the Rajiv Gandhi stadium.
The sixth edition of the IPL will technically be the first footstep of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the tournament and Tom Moody has already made it clear that they are no favourites. With this attitude the team will be relieved off any extra nerves at the outset and the boys can play their natural game. On any given day, the team looks fiery with stalwarts like Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakara, Cameron White, JP Duminy, Quinton De Kock & a host of other domestic players, but how they display their cricketing skills on the pitch will be an interesting watch.
The fans in Hyderabad are always behind their team and hence not much has changed really. Sangakkara will still be the captain and the Steyn-gun will continue rip through the opposition. We can hope the seats are maxed out in the Uppal Stadium and Sunrisers if not win the tournament this season, then surely cause major upsets to other teams.
By the way is anyone else missing Gayathri Reddy?