New Delhi: The Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network and was founded in 2012 after the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers were terminated by the IPL. The team made their first IPL appearance in 2013, where they reached the playoffs, eventually finishing in fourth place. The Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in the 2016 season, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in the final.
David Warner was appointed the skipper in 2015 and he took the club to the next level. He led from the front and won them the 2016 edition with an outstanding rendition with the willow.
2013 – 4th Position
The Sunrisers had an inexperienced batting lineup heading into their first season. The best part of their campaign was the spirit they showed whilst defending low totals. Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra were pivotal for their success and managed to win 10 games out of 16 league games.
MATCHES PLAYED – 17, WON – 10, LOST – 7
2014 – 6th Position
Shikhar Dhawan led an IPL side for the first time in his career and he failed to inspire the Sunrisers to do anything brilliant. They finished 6th in the League stages and failed to qualify for the Playoffs.
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 6, LOST – 8
2015 – 6th Position
David Warner was appointed as the captain and the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan also joined the Management as the bowling coach. The Sunrisers were outstanding in the whole season and their performances started to attract better crowds at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 7, LOST – 7
2016 – Champions
The Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to lift the trophy for the first time in their history and this had a significant impact on their stardom. They started accumulating record attendances at Hyderabad and attained a fan base all across the country. They became the first time since the introduction of the Playoffs system to win the league despite finishing third in the league table. They had to win three knockout games towards the end to win the title.
Total Matches Played – 17, Won -11, Lost – 6
2017 – 4th Position
With the “Defending champions” tag after their name, the Sunrisers managed to live up to the expectations of the fans. They were brilliant in the League stages and looked well set to finish second in the points table, but some results didn’t go in their favour and they had to settle for the third position.
Total Matches Played – 15, Won – 8, Lost – 6, NR – 1