Sunrisers Hyderabad finally won a match after suffering five losses in a row in IPL 2021 this year. But more than the victory, the talk was revolving around opening batsman David Warner’s absence at the Dubai International Stadium.
On Monday, Kane Williamson-led SRH defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets as Warner was dropped for England opener Jason Roy. The latter made his first appearance for the franchise after sitting out in nine matches.
Roy smashed 60 runs, 42 balls with the help of eight boundaries, and a six as the Orange Army completed the 165-run chase in 18.3 overs, with skipper Williamson remaining unbeaten on 51.
Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Trevor Bayliss explained that Warner wasn’t the only senior player to be left behind, and there can be a possibility that the Australian player might not play in the remaining four games of the season.
“We can’t make the finals, so we made a decision to get the youngsters to experience not just the matches, but time around the ground and around the set-up. And for this match we made a decision…he wasn’t the only experienced player that we’d left back at the hotel,” Trevor Bayliss said in a post-match press conference.
Warner was removed from the captaincy after SRH could only register one win in the first leg of IPL 2021, and Williamson was reinstated back to the role. However, Warner’s omission in the playing XI for the second time since he was axed from the captaincy role makes his future look uncertain with the Hyderabad outfit.
Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra feels that it was the last time for the Australian batsman with Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
“They made wholesale changes. SRH played Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg. Khaleel was not there, so Siddharth Kaul was also given an opportunity, and the luck changed. They dropped Warner as well. I feel that’s it for Warner, we will not see Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad colors anymore, that game is over,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Under David Warner’s captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted the 2016 IPL title after they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in the final.