Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has opined that Australian opener David Warner will be in huge demand in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction if he gets released from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) which is highly likely after his frosty relationship with the franchise.
Warner had a forgettable run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as he was removed from the captaincy and dropped from the team in the middle of the season. However, in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 he was given the opportunity in the first couple of games but he was dropped once again after his poor performance and Jason Roy replaced him at the top order. Talking about the performance of SRH, they finished at the bottom of the table with only 3 wins in 14 games.
Meanwhile, Warner was in red hot form in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as he managed to score 289 runs in 7 matches and won the Man of the Tournament Award.
Speaking to India Today Gavaskar told that Warner brings leadership quality with him and the two new IPL Teams would be looking forward to adding him to the squad. He said:
“Definitely (will be one of the sought-after players). Don’t forget that there are two new teams as well. Don’t forget the experience he brings, he brings in leadership qualities as well. This is a format made for him. He is so energetic on the field. He would definitely be right at the top of people wanted by the two new teams or any other team because it doesn’t look that SunRisers are going to retain him,”
That Was A Bit Hard, To Be Honest, Making David Warner Sit In The Hotel – Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar further talking about SRH’s decision to leave out Warner in the team hotel said that it was a ‘bit hard’ call by the team. He asserted:
“That was a bit hard, to be honest, making him sit in the hotel while some of the ordinary players who were not even going to be in the playing XI were at the ground… There must have been much more than a lack of form that might have forced them to ask him to stay back.
“As far as Australia is concerned, I think they are probably saying that was kind of the thing that was needed to spur him on to the performances that we have seen in this World Cup,” Gavaskar added.
Sunil Gavaskar further said that Warner has got a lot of self-belief in him which is the main reason behind him succeeding in World Cup after a poor run in IPL 2021. He said:
“He is a positive-thinking performance. He doesn’t look back at what’s happened. He must have told himself that ‘what has happened in the past has happened. The future is only in my hands’. Also, don’t forget at the start of the T20 World Cup also, he didn’t do well in the warm-up matches and there were questions asked about his place on the side. Again, the self-belief that has got him to this situation.”
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