What makes Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack so good?

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory last year, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood uttered a memorable line: “batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments.”
It’s a theory a number of coaches buy into, and one the numbers support as well.
Perth Scorchers’ strategy of investing heavily in their bowling combination, under coach Justin Langer, has led them to three Big Bash League titles and two runner-up finishes. All this in only seven years of the tournament. Year on year, Scorchers have rarely outhit their oppositions, but have more often than not outbowled them.
Another T20 team in bright orange, Sunrisers Hyderabad, follow the same principles. They won the 2016 IPL with the worst middle order in the tournament but easily the best bowling attack, and they have stuck to that template since.
Take this year’s player auction, where their coach Tom Moody had the opportunity to build a team from scratch. Retaining Bhuvneshwar Kumar, their spearhead for the past two seasons, was a no-brainer, as was buying back Rashid Khan, the world’s best T20 bowler. But they kept stockpiling even more bowling options. They bulked up their overseas quota with the tall and pacy Billy Stanlake and allrounders Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Nabi.
And they kept picking up Indian fast bowlers, one after another, while other teams passed up the opportunity. Sunrisers bid aggressively for Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed. It was clear they were backing their bowlers to win them games this season, and boy, have they delivered.
In the season’s first three games, Sunrisers restricted their oppositions to totals of under 150 and chased them all down. That was expected to be their blueprint, and Rashid, Bhuvneshwar, Stanlake and Shakib all played their part in the wins. Two losses followed in batting-friendly conditions, and then came the acid test – injuries to Bhuvneshwar and Stanlake.
The blow would have crippled any other team. Imagine Mumbai Indians losing Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman. But this was exactly what Sunrisers had prepared for. In came Sandeep, with the ability to swing the ball both ways like Bhuvneshwar, and Thampi, not as tall as Stanlake but almost as quick, with a pinpoint yorker to boot.