IPL 2019: David Warner likely to be fit for the T20 tournament
He came back midway from the Bangladesh Premier League.
Updated - Jan 21, 2019 5:13 pm
A few days ago Cricket Australia (CA) announced that David Warner, the Australian batsman, reported of pain in his elbow and would be returning home. At that point in time, the left-hander was plying his trade in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he was leading Sylhet Sixers. In the tournament, he could win only a handful of games for his team and end with 223 runs at 37.16.
He also churned out three half-centuries and also batted right-handed for three deliveries in the match against Rangpur Riders at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The 32-year-old would now be undergoing an elbow surgery on Tuesday, January 22. The experienced campaigner is currently serving a one-year ban from CA following the shambolic ball-tampering scandal at the Newlands in Cape Town.
A relieving piece of news for David Warner
In the meantime, it has been learned that despite all the hassles, the New South Wales-born is set to play in the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL) where he represents the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He was set to captain SRH in the erstwhile edition, but the one-year suspension meant that he was barred from playing the tournament. Subsequently, Kane Williamson replaced him as the skipper.
Back in 2016, Warner led the Sunrisers to their maiden IPL title and having scored 4014 runs in 114 matches with three tons, the southpaw has been a massive hit in the T20 event. In the meantime, all is not well with Steve Smith, Warner’s teammate and also one among those who were found guilty in South Africa. He played a couple of matches for Comilla Victorians and then returned with an elbow injury.
To add insult to his injury, the 28-year-old was also ruled out of the IPL where he plays for Rajasthan Royals (RR). He is slated to be out of action for at least the next five to six weeks. His chances of participating in the upcoming 50-overs World Cup, scheduled to start on May 30, in England and Wales have also come under the clouds. Both Smith and Warner’s ban ends on the last week of March.