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IPL 2019: Tom Moody reveals who will replace David Warner at Sunrisers Hyderabad vs MI

Moody feels Stanlake or Guptill can be a perfect fit in place of David Warner.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo: IANS)

David Warner has returned to Australia to join the Australia World Cup preparatory camp after topping the IPL 2019 run charts. He amassed 692 runs with 8 fifties and 1 century and bid adieu with an 81 in their match against KXIP. Now it’s up to the team management to find a replacement for the 32-year-old.

Mumbai Indians are the next match up for the SRH, who need a win in one of their remaining matches to ensure playoffs qualification. SRH head coach Tom Moody was attending the press conference ahead of the tie which will take place on Thursday and revealed the player who will replace Warner.

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Who is better Stanlake or Guptill?

David has had a remarkable series. 692 runs in 12 games is something he should be very proud of. The bottom line from our point of view is how it affects the team and creates an opportunity. We were faced with the same situation last season. We did not have David Warner. We played the final (against eventual champions Chennai Super Kings),” Moody was quoted as saying by India Today.

David Warner had come to IPL 2019 to prove something as he was banned for a year in March 2018 for his role in sandpapergate and recently, was named in the Australian World Cup 2019 squad along with Steve Smith. Moody said it has allowed someone else to rise to the occasion as was the case last season when the diminutive left-handed batsman was absent last year for the full season.

“We saw Kane Williamson last season had a remarkable season himself. So, we are going to miss David. But I look at the positive sides. What it does is, gives us an opportunity as a side to play as well differently with different personnel,” Moody was further quoted as saying.

“We have got a few options. Of course, Guptill is the obvious one. Being a world-class opener himself, he is a like-for-like replacement. But we are also looking at someone like a Billy Stanlake at a venue like this,” Moody elaborated.

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