David Warner (10.5 credits)
As David Warner has been a top player in the IPL for a number of years with 3 orange caps in the last 5 years, this might come as a surprise. But he’s coming off a horrible limited-overs series in England. While he got 50 + in the first T20, then it was followed by a duck, and then just got 36 runs in 3 innings in the ODI series. He is an aggressive stroke maker, and may find it difficult to get into the new season’s first match because of the slow nature of the pitches in UAE.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9 credits)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been very successful in the Indian Premier League. In 2016 and 2017, he was the highest wicket-taker. However, he has picked up just 22 wickets in 27 games over the last 2 seasons. On top of that he has been away from the match for quite some time now.
He has missed plenty of cricket due to injuries in the last 15 months. Bhuvneshwar, who comes into the match with hardly any game time, will also be up against an explosive line-up of batting, and if the pitch doesn’t give him much, he might go for a lot of runs. Therefore for now, it is better to exclude Bhuvi.
Moeen Ali (8.5 credits)
Moeen Ali is a very temperamental cricket player. He could be very explosive on his day and demolish the spinners but he has his weaknesses particularly against the short ball. He may be exposed to Sunrisers who have many quality pacers.
On top of that, his form in the recently concluded series against Australia was not exceptional either. It could also be a possibility that the team chooses to go for Dale Steyn or Adam Zampa over him. Thus, it would also be advisable not to go with Moeen, with so many variables involved.