Aiden Markram to Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2023

Aiden Markram to Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2023


South African opener Aiden Markram is set to lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The news comes as a surprise to many fans and analysts, as the 27-year-old has not captained any team in the IPL or at the international level.


Markram, who was bought by the SRH franchise in IPL 2022 auction for INR 2.6 crores, had a decent outing in his debut season with the team. He scored 302 runs in 13 matches at an average of 25.16 with one half-century to his name. Markram’s aggressive approach at the top of the order and his ability to take on the best bowlers in the world makes him an ideal candidate to lead the side.

The SRH franchise won the IPL title in 2016 and reached the playoffs in 5 out of the last 8 seasons. The franchise has had a history of backing young talent and providing them with a platform to showcase their skills. The decision to appoint Markram as the captain is another step in that direction.

Markram has played 30 T20Is for South Africa and has already shown his leadership skills while captaining the Titans in South Africa’s domestic T20 competition. He led the Titans to the final of the tournament in 2020 and was praised for his tactical acumen and man-management skills.

The SRH management, led by former India cricketer VVS Laxman, would have taken note of Markram’s leadership skills during his stint with the Titans and would have been impressed with his performances on the field. The franchise would also be looking to groom a young leader for the future and Markram fits the bill perfectly.

Markram is currently ranked 5th in the ICC T20I batting rankings. He will be having the responsibility of leading a young and inexperienced side in IPL 2023. The SRH franchise has always relied on its bowling unit to deliver the goods. Markram will also be having the task of getting the best out of his bowlers.

He will have to work closely with the team management to ensure that the youngsters are given enough opportunities to showcase their skills and are not burdened with too much pressure.

His appointment as the captain of SRH is also a reflection of the changing trends in the IPL, where franchises are increasingly backing young talent and giving them leadership roles. In recent years, we have seen the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Rishabh Pant lead their respective sides with aplomb.

The new captain will have the opportunity to make a mark as a captain in the IPL and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of some of the successful young captains in the league. He has all the attributes to be a successful leader. He is aggressive, tactically astute and has the ability to lead from the front with his performances on the field. Lets see how does this season of IPL go with SRH with the new captain.


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