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‘Releasing David Warner?’ – Rajasthan Royals ask Sunrisers Hyderabad in a hilarious Twitter conversation

The two franchises have Australia's two of the best batsmen in the IPL.

David Warner and Steve Smith
David Warner and Steve Smith. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

If there is ever an Indian Premier League ‘Hall of Fame’, you’d rest assured that Australia‘s tearaway opener David Warner will be amongst the first to enter the coveted club. It will not be an aberration to say that the left-hander is an IPL G.O.A.T. And, the numbers testify that to the hilt.  The Australian opener made his Indian Premier League debut way back in 2009 for the then Delhi Daredevils but it was during his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad where beast Warner turned up.

The southpaw was signed up by the Hyderabad-based franchise in 2014 and he immediately responded with 528 runs in 14 innings. The 528 runs that David Warner racked up during that season, quite remarkably are the lowest that the former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain has scored for the franchise. Since then, his scores read: 562, 848, 641 and 692.

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Warner’s greatest moment in the Indian Premier League came during the 2016 season where he not only racked up a barely believable 848 runs but also led his team all the way to glory, beating Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The southpaw missed the 2018 season due to the ball-tampering scandal but returned this year to resume normal services by racking up another 600 plus runs. David Warner has carried his IPL form into the International T20s. The Aussie opener smashed his maiden international T20 ton against Sri Lanka.

With Australia going great guns, skipper Aaron Finch sent Glenn Maxwell ahead of Steven Smith, paving the way for a hilarious Twitter conversation between the duo’s IPL franchises-Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals- on Twitter.

Here’s what happened

It all started when Rajasthan Royals social media team retweeted a photo of Aaron Finch and their skipper Steven Smith prior to the second T20I with a caption- “@stevesmith49: Tell Dave, I need to bat today!” To this, Sunrisers Hyderabad soon replied by saying ,” What better than both of them batting together.”  Replying to SRH, the Royals took a cheeky dig at the 2016 champions, asking whether they were planning to release the southpaw.

Well! It seems like both Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals got their wishes answered with the duo of David Warner and Smith sharing an unbeaten 117-run-stand during the second T20I at the Gabba.

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