New Delhi: Australia’s star opener David Warner was adjudged Player of the Tournament in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup 2021 on the basis of his excellent batting performance. Warner emerged a life-savior for Australia, both in the semi-finals and final of the tournament. Despite failing to score runs during warm-up games, Warner managed to return back in form and went on to score a total of 289 runs in the tournament including a match-winning fifty in the T20 WC final against New Zealand.
However, Warner, who led Sunrisers to their only IPL title in 2016, was stripped of the captaincy in May while he was dropped from the playing XI during the second leg of the lucrative T20 tournament in the UAE. According to several media reports, Warner is set to be released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL mega auction.
On a post by a fan page, an SRH fan wrote, “Tom moody head coach,warner captain.” Reacting to the comment, David Warner came up with a blunt response as he replied, ‘No Thanks’.
Recently, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s assistant coach Brad Haddin had admitted that the decision to drop star opener Warner from SRH’s playing XI during the Indian Premier League (IPL) had nothing to do with his poor form.
“I tell you what it was not a cricket decision that he was not playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. I think the one thing you have to realise with David is that he was not out of form, he was out of match practice. They had a long break; he did not go to Bangladesh or West Indies. But he turned up in really good headspace. He was hitting the ball well, circumstances were out of our control, even the coaching staff,” said SRH coach Brad Haddin during a conversation on Grade Cricketers Podcasts.