IPL 2023: The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have announced South African batsman Aiden Markram as their captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The announcement was made on Thursday via the team’s official Twitter account. The Hyderabad-based franchise did not retain or purchase their former captain Kane Williamson at the IPL 2023 auction. There were speculations that either Markram or former Punjab Kings skipper Mayank Agarwal could be named as the new skipper.
Markram’s impressive track record as captain in SA20 leads to IPL captaincy
Markram, who is 28 years old, led the Sun Group-owned Sunrisers Eastern Cape team to clinch the inaugural SA20 title, staking his claim to the captaincy role. He scored 336 runs, including a century in the semi-final, and took 11 wickets in the tournament. The all-rounder also had an impressive IPL season last year, scoring 381 runs at an average of 47.63 with a strike rate of over 139, including three half-centuries.
Markram’s successful IPL 2022 season sets the stage for his captaincy
When asked if he was open to leading the side in the high-profile IPL, Markram responded positively, saying, “What’s going to happen, to be honest… either way we back the management’s decision about who they want to be in charge.” The announcement of Markram’s appointment as captain was made after the team’s prolonged wait to name a leader for the upcoming season.
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Markram expresses openness to leading the side in high-profile IPL
SRH’s decision to appoint Markram as captain comes as a surprise to many as the South African batsman has never captained in a T20 match before. However, the team management believes that Markram’s performances on the field and his leadership qualities will make him an ideal candidate for the role. The upcoming IPL season is set to begin in April, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad will hope that their new captain can lead them to their second IPL title.
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