Might be the last time we see David Warner in the Sunrisers Hyderabad: Dale Steyn
Warner didn't play the match against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
Updated - May 2, 2021 8:50 pm
Dale Steyn, the veteran South African cricketer, feels that the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League will be David Warner’s last for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. On Saturday, it was learned that SRH has appointed Kane Williamson as their skipper after the team lost five out of their first six matches.
Warner was the skipper when the Orange Army won the title for the first time in 2016. Tom Moody, the Sunrisers’ director of cricket, stated that the 34-year-old Warner was ‘shocked and disappointed. Moody stated that the decision wasn’t an easy one, but the franchise had to take the call, keeping in mind the team’s future.
Steyn reckoned that there’s another angle to the entire story that hasn’t been made public. As per the veteran speedster, the SRH team management might not have liked Warner opposing some decisions. Steyn put forth his opinions while speaking to ESPNcricinfo’s Raunak Kapoor and former New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori.
It’s strange that David Warner isn’t a part of the playing eleven: Steyn
“I don’t know if David may have questioned some of the decisions, maybe when Manish Pandey was left out. Sometimes, the management doesn’t appreciate that, I guess. The captain of the team also needs to take ownership of his squad and who’s going out on the field. Seems like there’s definitely happening something behind closed doors, the public is not aware of,” Steyn told.
Earlier, Moody also mentioned that Warner won’t be a part of the Sunrisers in the game against the Rajasthan Royals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Moody mentioned that SRH would be going in with the combination of Kane, Mohammad Nabi, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan.
Steyn said that even as removing Warner as the captain was understandable, his credentials with the bat in hand warranted him a place in the playing eleven.
“It’s strange that he isn’t a part of the playing eleven. It’s understandable if they want to change ownership of captaincy for the next season, and keep Kane there. But David is still a phenomenal batter and I would still keep him in the eleven. But this might be the last time we see Warner in the Orange Army,” Steyn added.
On Sunday, the Sunrisers lost to Sanju Samson’s Royals by 55 runs to keep languishing at the bottom of the points table.