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IPL 2022 – The IDEAL replacement for Washington Sundar at SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad have established a strong foundation for the IPL 2022 after defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans in successive matches (GT). They have now won two of their last four league matches and are currently ninth in the standings.

However, the squad has suffered a significant blow owing to all-rounder Washington Sundar’s hand injury, which will keep him out of play for at least a week. Sundar, who sustained a fractured webbing in his bowling hand on Monday (April 11), bowled three overs and returned with statistics of 0/14 from three overs, but was unable to finish his quota of overs owing to the injury.

Sundar has 58 runs and four wickets in four tournament outings, and has had a noticeable impact on both sides of the game. Along with Aiden Markram, he was the only main spinner in the SRH playing XI. restocking the boots exclusively in life-or-death emergencies.

In this article, we are going to talk about the IDEAL replacements for Washington Sundar at SRH.

 

Number 3. Shreyas Gopal

 

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The promising leg-spinner has been warming the benches following a mediocre performance for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2021 season, in which he went wicketless in three matches. However, Gopal has been a consistent performer with the ball in the IPL and can even bat in the lower order.

Gopal’s greatest season came in the 2019 edition with Rajasthan Royals, when he took a total of 20 wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of 7.22, including a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which included vital scalps of Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, and Marcus Stoinis. He also contributed 63 runs throughout the season, with the top score of 19*.

Gopal averaged ten wickets in 14 matches in the 2020 tournament. Gopal, on the other hand, has been in excellent form on the local circuit, where he took 11 wickets in three Ranji Trophy matches for the Karanakata squad, and may be given an opportunity to exhibit his talent.

 

Number 2. Jagadeesha Suchith

 

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The left-arm spinner appeared in a total of four games in the tournament’s 2016, 2019, and 2021 seasons, taking two wickets. He was, however, impressive in the 2015 iteration of the MI squad, taking ten wickets in 13 outings and contributing significantly to the team reaching the finals and subsequently winning their second title.

Although he has not been given many opportunities in recent editions, he has established himself in domestic cricket. Suchith ended with seven wickets in five matches for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22 with an economy rate of 3.52. He took six wickets in seven outings and also scored 37 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021/22.

He is a strong prospect to succeed Sundar, given his history in the IPL and current success in the local circuit.

 

Number 1. Abdul Samad

 

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The hard-hitting batsman from Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) was axed from the SRH squad following his lacklustre performances in the first two matches of the season, in which he scored only four runs. Samad, on the other hand, was retained by the team management owing to his talent and performances in the middle order during the previous two seasons.

Samad scored 111 runs in each of the tournament’s 2020 and 2021 editions, at a strike rate of 170.76 and 127.58, respectively. In instance, when SRH failed to get going with their batting performances in the previous edition, Samad’s lusty strokes helped the squad resurrect and register a decent total on the board.

Samad was the leading run scorer for the J&K side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021/22 with 127 runs in five innings. If given the chance, Samad will use his performances to refute his critics.