The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are ready to hit the field for another exciting season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With some smart moves at the 2023 auction, the Orange Army has acquired some talented domestic performers without breaking the bank. However, not all of their players are living up to their contracts, and some are costing the franchise more than they’re worth. Here’s a closer look at,
Three SRH players who are overpriced for the IPL 2023 season
3. Abdul Samad – A Promise Unfulfilled
Abdul Samad was a sought-after player ahead of the 2022 mega-auction and was retained by SRH for ₹4 crore. Despite showing glimpses of his immense ability, he has yet to live up to his price tag or potential. In the 2021 season, he averaged only 12.33 with a strike rate of 127.58, and played just two games. While he’s gradually improving, he hasn’t made a notable impact with either his batting or his part-time leg-spin. For a player who hasn’t delivered, ₹4 crore seems a bit steep.
2. Harry Brook – A Risky Investment
Harry Brook was SRH’s most expensive purchase at the 2023 auction, with the franchise shelling out ₹13.25 crore for the young English batter. Brook is considered one of the brightest talents in world cricket, with a range of skills that make him a top T20 player. However, he’s untested in the IPL, and ₹13.25 crore for a player with just 20 T20I appearances seems excessive. SRH is taking a big risk with Brook, who still needs work on his spin game and consistency.
1. Mayank Agarwal – Inconsistent and Overpriced
Mayank Agarwal was another big signing for SRH at the 2023 auction, with the franchise coughing up ₹8.25 crore for the Indian opener. Despite his immense talent, he’s been inconsistent lately, struggling through a poor campaign with the Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. He’s a spin-hitter like Abhishek Sharma, which might not complement the young southpaw very well. SRH is also short on all-rounders, making it a questionable move to spend so much on Mayank. That being said, he might be named the franchise’s captain, which would make his price tag more reasonable.
In conclusion, while SRH has some talented players on cut-price deals, the franchise still has some work to do to get the most out of its roster. Abdul Samad, Harry Brook, and Mayank Agarwal are all overpriced for the 2023 season, and the Orange Army will need to hope that they live up to their contracts if they want to compete for the title.