Former England cricketer Graeme Swann has said that David Warner’s snub as a skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad and his exclusion from the team in the IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals is like a punishment. Swann also said that it looks like someone from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s management is not happy with David Warner’s comments about Manish Pandey. David Warner was stripped of his captainship ahead of IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals. Moreover, Warner was also not part of the playing XI in the match in spite of being totally fit.
Sunrisers Hyderabad shifted the captaincy to Kane Williamson from David Warner. During the post-match press conference in the previous game, Warner blamed selectors for dropping Manish Pandey from the team in the matches against Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals. “It was a harsh call in my opinion. But at the end of the day, it is a decision of the selectors to do that,” Warner had said. Swann feels that Warner’s these comments annoyed some people in the SRH management and they decided to snub Warner from captaincy and the next game.
It Looks Like Punishment To Me: Graeme Swann
While speaking to Star Sports, Swann said what happened with David Warner looks like a punishment to him.
“It seems like a message has been given to David Warner after that press conference where he passed the buck that this is not my decision but the selectors’. Someone’s not happy about it, and unhappy enough to get rid of him as the skipper and drop him from the team. It looks like punishment to me more than anything,” Swann said.
Snubbing David Warner as skipper and promoting Kane Williamson as the new leader did not yield any positive results as Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Rajasthan Royals too. Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by 55 runs while chasing Rajasthan Royals’ mammoth 221-run target. Sunrisers Hyderabad held the last spot in IPL 2021 points table after managing just 1 victory in 7 games.
Meanwhile, IPL 2021 has been suspended for indefinitely time by BCCI on Tuesday. BCCI took the decision after players and members of three teams were tested positive for Covid-19. BCCI only managed to host 29 matches in IPL 2021 successfully.