Tue Mar 2018
The 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad has officially kick-started the ticket sales for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. One of the few teams in the IPL history to have a win-percentage in excess of 50%, the Orange Army managed to amass a decent fan base in a very short span of time.
Their stint in the IPL began in 2013 when the previous franchise from Hyderabad, the Deccan Chargers, were terminated from participating in the cash-rich league. In their debut season, they reached the final four and earned a reputation as a home for the best bowlers in the league. But their fate started to change ever-since they roped the likes of David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
After coming agonizingly close to entering the playoffs in 2015, the Sunrisers lifted the IPL trophy in a grandiose way in 2016. They also became the first time since the introduction of the playoff system to have won the championship coming through the Eliminator. They had a fairly decent 2017 season as well, once again reaching the final four of the tournament.
Ticket prices begin at Rs. 500
The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s official Twitter handle announced that the ticket sales have begun. The ticket prices begin at Rs. 500 for the North Pavilion Terrace 1 and 2. For the South Pavilion Terrace 1 and 2, the tickets have been priced at Rs. 781.25, whilst the East and West First Floor stands will cost Rs. 976.56.
The East and West ground floor stands have been priced at Rs. 1171.88 and the North and South first floor pavilions will be costing Rs. 2734.38. The costliest ticket at the Rajiv Gandhi Internationa Cricket Stadium this year will Rs. 3906.25 for the North Pavilion East Ground Floor. The ticket prices might vary for a few big games involving players like Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni.
Hyderabad‘s new recruit Manish Pandey also expressed his excitement to be donning the Orange jersey and urged the supporters to come out in big numbers. A similar message was passed on by the icon of the club, David Warner, who is currently busy in the South Africa tour. Sunrisers’ campaign will commence with the game against Rajasthan Royals on April 9th.
The story of the 2017 IPL was Gujarat Lions fast bowler Basil Thampi, who impressed everyone with his bowling, especially in the death overs, and went on to win the Emerging Player of the Tournament award.
Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T. Natarajan catapulted into the limelight last year when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) snapped him up for 30 times his base price of Rs. 10 lakh, making him the highest-paid uncapped Indian player in the 2017 auction.
Wriddhiman Saha prefers to bat at the top but the India Test wicketkeeper-batsman said he is ready to bat lower down the order for his new IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad as they have a formidable duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings.