Delhi: Australia’s star batter David Warner finally broke his silence on his axing from the SunRisers Hyderabad franchise – first as a captain and then followed with an ouster from playing XI. Warner, who led SRH to their maiden IPL title win in 2016 as captain, was replaced by Kane Williamson during the first half of the IPL in India. Warner claimed that the Sunrisers Hyderabad management did not provide him with any reason as to why he was removed from captaincy in the IPL earlier this season. On the India leg, SRH were lying at the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table after losing five out of six matches.Also Read - No Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni; Aakash Chopra Picks His Best XI of IPL 2021
The change in captaincy did not reverse SRH’s fortunes as they finished at the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table. A struggling Warner was omitted from the playing eleven in the last few matches when the cash-rich T20 tournament resumed in the UAE. Also Read - Dale Steyn Slams Cricket South Africa For Ignoring Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis From Congratulatory Post For IPL 2021 Champions Chennai Super Kings
“I am not 100 percent sure how to answer that. With the utmost respect for the owners, Trevor Baylis, Laxman, Moody and Murali, when a decision gets made, it has to be a unanimous one. You don’t know who the person is going for you and who isn’t,” Warner told ‘India Today’. Also Read - Venkatesh Iyer Was Big Catalyst For KKR's Turnaround in IPL 2021: Head Coach Brendon McCullum
“The other disappointing thing for me was not being explained why I was dropped as captain. If you want to go along the lines of form, it is a difficult one because, I guess whatever you have done in the past would have some weight moving forward, you would think.”
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The 34-year-old Warner said being stripped off captaincy was “a tough pill to swallow” but he would want to move on.
Especially when you have played about 100 games for the franchise, I think I had four bad games in those first five matches in Chennai.
“It is difficult, a tough pill to swallow. There are still questions to which I think I’ll never get answers, but you have to move on, he added.
The Australian said that he would love to represent SRH again but that is not in his hands.
“I would love nothing more than to represent Sunrisers but obviously, that decision is with the owners,” he said.
“I really enjoyed my time with Sunrisers, you all out there (fans) make it so special for us (family). Hopefully, I’ll get to come back out there, whether it be in the SRH uniform or someone else’s. I will salute you all when I come back to play in Hyderabad, the fiery Aussie added.
Warner is an IPL legend in every sense – he has scored 5449 runs in 150 matches, smashing 4 hundreds at an average of 41.59. However, his form hit the bottom in 2021 wherein he managed just 195 runs in 8 matches.
(With PTI Inputs)