As the Sandpaper Gate is unraveling future of Australian players participating in IPL is uncertain. Aussie skipper Steve Smith has already stepped from the role of Rajasthan Royals captain position. Now there are speculations on the prospects of Australian vice-captain David Warner as Hyderabad skipper. It can be that Warner will follow foot-steps of Smith and give up captaincy on his own or Sunrisers Hyderabad may remove him, either way, we look at the prospective players who can take up the role of captaincy in place of Warner.
Shikhar DhawanDhawan was retained by the Sunrisers before the IPL auctions. He was expected to form an invincible opening partnership with Warner but now it seems he might be picked to lead the team. With a score of 3561 runs from 127 IPL matches, Dhawan is undoubtedly one of the top performers in IPL. Also, he has the experience to make him handle the team. He has worked at the top level and was associated with Hyderabad previously.
Since 2012 Dhawan has worked with Sunrisers Hyderabad and we can see him leading the franchise this IPL.
Shakib Al HasanThe best known all-round in the world at the moment, Hasan has a wealth of experience. He is currently the best ODI and Test all-rounder and third best in T20Is. He is captain of the Bangladesh national team for all the three formats as well as has enough experience of IPL that makes him one of the front-runners as a Sunrisers Hyderabad captain.
He has a strike rate of 130.36 in the 43 IPL games he has played so far scoring 498 runs and 43 wickets on his name.
Kane WilliamsonKiwi skipper Kane Williamson will be the first choice to become the team captain if Sunrisers Hyderabad decides to lay off Warner from the role. Williamson might have only 3 years of experience of IPL but he is one of the best international players with loads of experience in international cricket.
The 27-year-old New Zealand skipper has played 15 IPL games so far in which he has scored 411 runs maintaining a strike rate of 130. His performance was particularly impressive in the last season during which he maintained a strike rate of 151, scoring 256 runs in 7 games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to own the title the second time and these three players are the best choice as the captain.