Billy Stanlake’s injury has come up as a big blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Australian was the important player for their bowling lineup. He was the best foil for the seam and swing of Bhuvneshwar, with his bounce and pace.
Even though SRH is yet to announce any replacement, let’s have a look at top 5 best players who might be the best replacement to Stanlake and get a call-up anytime from Sunrisers.
- Jhye Richardson
This young Australian is probably the most sought-after fast bowler these days and he has grown up from being a bowler for T20 to getting a position in Australia. He has got 20 wickets in 19 T20 matches at 29.35 of average and 9.03 of economy rate. For Perth Scorchers he was on bright note when he won the title in 2016-17 season and emerged as the best in wicket taking in 2018. He can swing the willow with the bat and can use it in a great way.
- Andie Phehlukwayo
He is the young South African all-rounder who has been regular in limited overs due to his prowess with ball and the bat. He can get ball to skid through and can change the bowl cutters and pace, which is what needed in the T20 teams in Indian Premier League.
He has also been matched to Lance Klusener with the bat because of his skills to go big down the order. He gave an insight to his skills in ODI series when he smashed Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in a match against India, which was affected by rain in Wanderers.
- Junior Dala
Junior Dala made his debut in T20 against India earlier this year and has shown his prowess and ability to the world as a fast bowler, especially in T20 cricket. He has movement, pace and ability to take wickets and he is a best match for the shortest format. With his skills to nail the Yorkers by the end and his changes in pace, Dala will be the ideal match for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
- Luke Ronchi
He is an Australian who got retired while playing for New Zealand. Luke Ronchi has been changed to a freelance T20 cricketer worldwide. He was the top run scorer in the Pakistan Super League, which was just concluded. Ronchi remained unsold in auctions and SRH might take a bold move and call him up to bat in top order. Sunrisers now need an accelerator at top order and he will be the best match.
- Kesrick Williams
When he made his debut in first-class cricket in 2011, he was a fast bowler but he found his presence as a bowler who could change the length and pace anytime with dexterity in the shortest format.
Though he may not be the complete replacement to Billy Stanlake, he can be the best choice for Sunrisers Hyderabad thanks to his variations, especially in the pitches as the tournament is going on.