David Warner led SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) to the Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph in 2016. Though he was barred from participating in the IPL in 2018 following his involvement as ‘chief plotter’ in the ball-tampering scandal. The period saw David Warner being replaced by Kiwi Kane Williamson as the captain with Bhuvneshwar Kumar standing-in during his absence.
Warner was first appointed as the captain of the SRH franchise in 2015 with the side tasting its major success under his captaincy in the succeeding year. The Australian opener has been a dominating force at the top of the order as he has scored ample of runs with ease for the Hyderabad franchise.
David Warner: It doesn’t matters who leads, we are a big family
David Warner is grateful on retaining the reigns of the side. But for him captaincy hardly matters as he feels the franchise is a big family. Warner also said that he had a chat with Williamson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar before taking the captaincy hat back and feels he is blessed to be a part of the unit.
“Extremely grateful to take the reigns back. It’s great to have that respect and that opportunity once again. I know I had a good conversation with Kane (Williamson) prior to him taking over (as captain in 2018) when I had that break and I thank him for doing that and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) as well for their outstanding efforts.
“We had a great leadership under both of them last year with Kane missing a few games. But I’m really excited to lead the guys again. We are a big family franchise, it doesn’t matter who leads us we are all leaders. I’ve said that numerous times in the past. We are one big family, led by the most humble family that I have ever met. I’m just bless and grateful to be part of the Sunrisers family,” David Warner said on India Today’s 2nd episode of E-Inspiration.
On the IPL front, the tournament is likely to take place this year at the end of monsoon, though there is no clarity on its future due to the pandemic situation.