I was stripped of SRH captaincy and dropped for no fault of mine, and it hurts: David Warner

I was stripped of SRH captaincy and dropped for no fault of mine, and it hurts: David Warner

David Warner stated that he was hurt when he was dropped from the SRH side for no fault of his.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

David Warner played a key role in helping the Australian side win the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. The left-hander emerged as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, scoring 289 runs in 7 innings at a superb average of 48.17. Warner also won the Player of the Tournament award.

And now, Warner has opened up on being stripped from captaincy and being dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) side in the IPL, and how he put this setback behind him and won the Player of the Tournament award.

The Aussie left-hander stated that he was hurt when he was dropped from the SRH side for no fault of his. Adding that he does not want to complain, the 35-year-old said that the Indian fans have always supported him and he plays to entertain the fans of the game.

“When you are dropped from the team you have loved the most for years without any real fault of yours and stripped of captaincy without being given a reason, it hurts. At the same time there are no complaints. The fans in India have always been there for me and it is for them that you play. We play to entertain. We play to push for excellence,” said Warner in a chat with the Economic Times.

Sport is a great leveller: David Warner

David Warner also said that even though he did not find a spot in the SRH playing XI, he continued to give his best and put in a lot of hard work in training. The left-hander also added that he was batting extremely well in the nets.

“Whatever may have been the reason for me not finding a spot in an IPL team, I can tell you I was training the hardest I ever did. I didn’t not miss a single day. I was batting extremely well in the nets and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out,” added Warner.

Warner also said that even though he was hurt, he also knew that there was another opportunity coming his way. Adding that sport is a great leveller, Warner concluded by stating that he will continue to work hard and stay true to cricket.

“So yes, while it hurt, I knew I will have another opportunity. Sport is a great leveller and if you are true to the sport and keep working hard, you will always have a second chance. I just wanted to keep working the hardest and stay true. I am glad it worked out for me,” concluded Warner.