Brad Haddin, the Sunrisers Hyderabad assistant coach, opens up about David Warner’s reaction to the news of him being sacked as a skipper, and also from the line-up.
David Warner, who led SRH to the title in 2016, was replaced by Kane Williamson as the captain after five losses in their first six games of IPL 2021 by the management, which comprises director of cricket Tom Moody, head coach Trevor Bayliss, batting mentor VVS Laxman, bowling mentor Muttiah Muralitharan, and Brad Haddin himself.
Brad Haddin, a veteran of over 200 games for Australia, lauded Warner for accepting his sacking as a professional. He points out that the left-hander remained always supportive for the new skipper and the team, as didn’t show any ill-feeling while carrying drinks in SRH’s seventh game, against the Rajasthan Royals.
“With Davey, the way he handled it was all class. He just got on back with the job. I dare say he would have come back in contention in the next few games. He is one of the best in the world in that form of the game,” Brad Haddin told Fox Cricket.
“You only had to look at the way he reacted when he came onto the bench. He was around everyone, running the drinks out. He was still really vocal in the meetings. He handled a difficult situation with a lot of class,” he added.
Management decided to go in a different direction: Brad Haddin
It came as a shock when Warner was dropped from the eleven as well after being sacked. Brad Haddin revealed that the management was looking for a different combination of overseas players, as they included Mohammad Nabi for the opener, and to “spark something” amongst the players.
“He took it with class. It was a bit of a shock to everyone. Management decided to go in a different direction to try to spark something within the team. We weren’t playing to the standard we needed to,” the former wicket-keeper stated.