Australian batsman David Warner commented on an Instagram post hinting at the possibility of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) retaining their skipper, Kane Williamson, before the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction.
Warner’s stint at SRH might have ended, but the Aussie continues to support the franchise with all his heart. He practically bid goodbye to the franchise after the conclusion of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE.
The 34-year-old, however, continues to give updates on certain things ongoing in the franchise, including the likely retention of Williamson. The Kiwi skipper was brilliant in the recently concluded final of the T20 World Cup, where he equaled Marlon Samuels’ record of highest individual score in a T20 World Cup final.
Responding to a user, Warner commented: “@yaazey6 make sure you keep supporting as my friend Kane will still be there, please.” The SRH franchise had a terrible IPL 2021 season, but they will be looking to make good purchases at the mega auction.
It was not a cricketing decision that David Warner wasn’t playing for SRH- Brad Haddin
SRH’s assistant coach Brad Haddin revealed that David Warner’s exclusion from the team’s playing XI was not down to a cricketing aspect. He stated that Warner had a good mindset before entering the bio-bubble for the second leg of the IPL 2021 season, but things changed after he arrived.
“I tell you what it was not a cricket decision that he was not playing for SunRisers Hyderabad. I think the one thing you have to realize with David is that he was not out of form, he was out of match practice. They had a long break, he did not go to Bangladesh or West Indies. But he turned up in really good headspace. He was hitting the ball well, circumstances were out of our control, even the coaching staff.“
“But it was not because he was out of form. All he needed was some match time, he was hitting the ball well. He just needed to spend some time in the middle to get the rhythm again. As the tournament went on, you have seen his class. He got a bit of rhythm back into his game and he was good to watch,” Haddin said on The Grade Cricketers podcast.
Warner is perhaps the most consistent overseas player in IPL history, but his unceremonious ousting from the SRH roster left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.