Australian opener David Warner said that he was disheartened after being axed as Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper.
Things didn’t seem to go well between the Australian player and his franchise in the final games of the league stage of IPL 2021 as Warner was dropped from the team and was seen cheering for them from the stands.
SRH had a very poor season in IPL 2021 as the Orange Army finished at the foot of the points table having won only three matches from 14 games. Warner was replaced with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson as the team’s captain in the middle of the tournament.
Warner joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 after being with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for the first five seasons in the Indian Premier League. Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.
Fans in India have always been there for me: David Warner
The 35-year-old, who scored 289 runs in Australia’s triumphant campaign of the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021, said he had no complaints about the entire incident.
“When you are dropped from the team you have loved the most for years without any real fault of yours and stripped of captaincy without being given a reason, it hurts. At the same time there are no complaints. The fans in India have always been there for me it is for them that you play. We play to entertain. We play to push for excellence,” Warner told Economic Times.
“Whatever may have been the reason for me not finding a spot in an IPL team, I can tell you I was training the hardest I ever did. I didn’t not miss a single day. I was batting extremely well in the nets and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out,” he added.
You will always have a second chance in Sport: David Warner
Warner played a spectacular role in Australia’s chase in the final against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. Warner scored 53 off 38 balls, with the help of four fours and three sixes.
Warner said that sport always gives you a second chance to perform and he wanted to work at his best and be honest with himself.
“So yes, while it hurt, I knew I will have another opportunity. Sport is a great leveller and if you are true to the sport and keep working hard, you will always have a second chance. I just wanted to keep working the hardest and stay true. I am glad it worked out for me,” concluded Warner.
With his future with SRH in IPL remains uncertain, Warner could be amongst the cards of the two new IPL franchises.