IPL 2021: David Warner’s brother Steve slams SRH for axing him from the playing XI
After stripping him off captaincy, SRH dropped him from the playing XI as well.
Updated - May 2, 2021 8:55 pm
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have put themselves in trouble. They lost their sixth match in seven outings on Sunday going down meekly to Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring encounter. Ahead of the game, the franchise had sacked David Warner from captaincy and also dropped from the playing XI giving an opportunity to Mohammad Nabi.
The move didn’t work at all as the Afghanistan all-rounder went for 21 runs in the only over he bowled and then scored 17 runs with the bat. Surprisingly, Manish Pandey opened the batting with Jonny Bairstow and the shuffle in batting order didn’t look good at all with no solid batsman in the middle-order for them in a mammoth chase.
While it was painful for the fans to see David Warner sit out of the team, the cricketer’s brother Steve publicly slammed SRH for their decision. No wonder, the former SRH skipper has been the fulcrum of their batting line-up over the years scoring truckload of runs.
David Warner’s brother
Steve highlighted the same in his Instagram post sharing David Warner‘s stats in IPL since the 2014 season while pointing out that the openers of the team aren’t the issue. Middle-order was SRH’s issue even in the last season that was played in the UAE and nothing has changed even this year. Warner’s brother also highlighted the same saying that their middle-order needs to score runs and not the openers.
“A bloke that has carried this team for years, your openers aren’t the issue. How about getting a decent middle-order that scores some runs,” Steve captioned his Instagram post which showed David Warner’s performance with the bat in IPL.
Here’s the post:
Meanwhile, the newly appointed captain Kane Williamson admitted that the team will have the conversations to bring back Warner at the top of the order. “Warner is a world class batsman, the cards are on the table and I am sure there are a number of conversations to be had,” Williamson said after the match.