Carlos Brathwaite, the former West Indies T20I captain, believes that the Sunrisers Hyderabad youngsters have a wonderful opportunity to make their case for retention ahead of the IPL 2022 big auction. Since its inception in 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad has had their worst run in the cash-rich league. After 12 games in the league stage, the Orange Army is wallowing at the bottom of the standings, having only won a couple of games.

SRH is the only team to be eliminated from the IPL 2021 so far, and its legendary star David Warner has been benched as a result of his poor performance with the batting and in the leadership role.

In the first phase of the competition, Warner was replaced as the team’s captain by Kane Williamson, and many pundits feel this will be Warner’s final IPL with the Orange Army.

Brathwaite, who played for SRH in the IPL last year, believes that young players like Umar Malik can persuade club management to keep them in the squad at the next super auction, when each franchise can only keep three players. When asked who he would keep, Brathwaite named his countrymen Jason Holder, Williamson, and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

“Younger players made an impression. When Umran Malik comes in and bowls 140 kmph consistently, everyone wonders where he’s been, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for younger players to build a reputation for themselves and compel SRH to use the Right to Match Card for them and consider a bigger role for the franchise,” Brathwaite said. “Also, if SRH want Kane Williamson to captain, and if they do, Rashid Khan is a foregone conclusion. I’d want to see Jason Holder included in the mix as well.”

SRH will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 6 and Mumbai Indians in their final two IPL 2021 matches on October 8.