Former India batsman, Ajay Jadeja concurs with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision of opting to drop David Warner as the captain of the side and instituted Kane Williamson at the helm for the remaining of the IPL 2021.
On Saturday SRH announced the New Zealand skipper as the man to lead them for the next 8 league matches, and if they qualify for the playoffs as well, after the side has lost 5 out of 6 games so far in the season.
The statement also mentioned that the team management “will be changing their overseas combination” for their Sunday afternoon game against Rajasthan Royals – it would mean that Warner is likely to be dropped from the eleven altogether to accommodate an all-rounder in the middle-order.
Ajay Jadeja is of the view that Kane Williamson is should have been the first choice as a captain over the Australian opener, despite Warner leading SRH to the title in 2016, and is the highest overseas run-scorer in the IPL. Williamson had captained the Sunrisers in 2018 when Warner was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
“Anyone who is following cricket for a period of time will tell you that between the two, Williamson is a better choice as captain. Warner is a great batsman and he has also led the Sunrisers to victory in the past but it is a no-brainer as to who is a better choice as skipper,” Ajay Jadeja told Cricbuzz.
SRH is being controlled by someone from the outside: Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja also pointed out that Warner had not much control over the Sunrisers eleven and it was the management who have been making the decisions.
Earlier, Warner had described Manish Pandey’s omission from the starting XI as a “harsh” call by the “selectors”. Now the “selectors” here would be amongst Tom Moody (team director), Trevor Bayliss (head coach), and the two mentors in VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan, taking power away from Warner.
“It was evident that SRH is being controlled by someone from the outside – coach, management, whoever. But the captain Warner was not in full control. He himself stated that the selection of the final XI is not done by him so he does not have a complete say in it,” the 50-year-old opined.