Sunrisers Hyderabad made their debut in the Indian Premier League in the 2013 season. They qualified for the playoffs in their maiden season itself. Then, in 2016, David Warner led the Orange Army to their maiden IPL title, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. SRH is one of those teams that has won the IPL once.
They played the IPL final in 2018 as well, when Kane Williamson was the captain, but they lost it. However, apart from the IPL title, the Sunrisers hold many exciting records in the IPL’s history overall. And here we will discuss the 2016 IPL champion’s incredible records that are difficult to beat.
1. Highest Total in the IPL final
SRH made their debut in 2013, and to date, they have played only two IPL finals, in 2016 and 2018. In those two appearances, they established an incredible record that has remained unbroken to this day. SRH holds the record for the highest total in an IPL final, which came in 2016 against RCB. Batting first, SRH scored a massive 208/7 in their first inning, with skipper David Warner scoring 69 runs. In reply, RCB reached 200/7 and lost the game by 8 runs. SRH won the final and their first IPL title.
2. Most Half-centuries in a single IPL edition
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a dream run in the 2016 season. They won their maiden IPL title and had some amazing performances throughout the season. It was SRH skipper David Warner who ended as the second highest run-getter after Virat Kohli (973). Warner scored 848 runs in 17 innings at an average of 60.57 and a strike rate of 151.42. He also scored nine half-centuries, which is the most by a batter in a single edition. Warner’s 93 not out was his highest in that season.
3. Most Fifties in the IPL
Scoring a half-century in a T20 format is difficult because you can’t take much time and need to score quickly. But there are some batters who know how to deal with this kind of pressure. Former SRH skipper David Warner holds the record for the most half-centuries in the Indian Premier League. He has scored 55 half-centuries in the IPL with is the most, and four centuries to go with. The next best is veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan with 47 half-centuries; Dhawan was also part of the SRH lineup from 2013 to 2018.
4. Only one dismissal below 100 runs
T20 cricket is an exciting format. In ILP, there have been times when a player scored 175 runs in an inning, and then there was a time when a team (RCB) got all out for just 49 runs. Thus, in order to score quick runs, teams get dismissed cheaply. But Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are known for their bowling strength, have been dismissed below the 100-run mark only once in the IPL’s history. It is the least by any team. SRH lowest total of 96 all-out came in 2019 against MI.
5. Consecutive “Purple Cap” winner
There are only two bowlers in the IPL’s history, who have won the “Purple Cap” twice in their careers. One is former CSK pacer Dwayne Bravo, who won it in 2013 and 2015. The other one is veteran SRH pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who won it in consecutive seasons in 2016 and 2017 and became the only bowler to win the “Purple Cap” in consecutive seasons. Bhuvi picked up 23 wickets in 17 games in 2016 and 26 wickets in 14 matches in 2017.