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South Africa’s Aiden Markram to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2023, replaces Kane Williamson

Aiden Markram (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

South African batter Aiden Markram was on Thursday (23) named as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the upcoming India Premier League (IPL) season, starting March 31.

“THE. WAIT. IS. OVER. #OrangeArmy, say hello to our new captain Aiden Markram,” SRH announce on its twitter handle.

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson had led SRH in the last season, where they finished a disappointing eighth in 10-team tournament with six wins and eight losses.

Williamson was released by SRH ahead of this year’s auction, where Gujarat Titans bought his services.

SRH, who won the tournament’s 2016 edition, will play their opening match against Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad on April 2.

Markram was front-runner for the job after leading SRH’s sister franchise, Sunrisers Eastern Cape to the inaugural SA20 title in Johannesburg recently.

The 29-year-old cricketer, who also bowls off break, was in tremendous form in the SA20 league, leading his team from the front and in the process won the player-of-the-tournament award for his his 366 runs and 11 wickets.

The IPL 2023 begins on March 31 with the opening match between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, who won the title last year.


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