5. Aaron Finch

Finch led his national team to T20 glory in 2021 by winning the 20-20 World Cup. He is vastly experienced in Indian T20 League having played 92 matches scoring 2091 runs. He has 15 half-centuries to his name in his Indian T20 League career. Heading into the auction, the Hyderabad franchise can eye Finch as a possible contender for the captain spot.

4. Jason Holder

After being released by the Lucknow franchise, the other franchises are expected to bid for the WI all-rounder in the upcoming auction. He has 49 wickets to his name in 38 matches he’s played in the Indian T20 League at an average of 24.02. As the mini-auction draws closer, the franchise can eye Holder to fill in the captain’s place.

3. Mayank Agarwal

The Indian opener is known for giving explosive starts to his team. He was involved in many memorable partnerships with KL Rahul for the Punjab Franchise. As he’s been released by his franchise ahead of the mini-auction, Hyderabad can bid for him and name him as the captain for the upcoming season.

2. Aiden Markram

The South African opener had a brilliant season with the bat in 2022 scoring 381 runs at an average of 47.62 and a strike rate of 139.05. Having led the South Africa team to a U-19 World Cup victory in 2014, Markram is more than capable of inspiring a team to a title victory. The 28-year-old can be a good replacement of Williamson at the helm.

1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar has been one of the top performers of the franchise having won the coveted ‘Purple Cap’ twice in 2016 and 2017 for finishing as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Already the vice-captain, if there’s anyone who can fill in Williamson’s shoes as captain, it is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.