David Warner was sacked by SRH mid-season. Photo: BCCI&
- Sunrisers Hyderabad sacked their captain David Warner during IPL 2021
- Warner was seen doing the 12th man’s duties during the league stage fixture against Rajasthan Royals
- SRH coach Brad Haddin has revealed Warner’s reaction to his sacking
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made a big call during the recently-suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 by sacking their captain David Warner. The one-time champion team was reeling at the last spot with just 1 win in 6 matches under Warner’s captaincy. Since Warner was also struggling on the batting front, the management had hinted at his exclusion from the playing XI along with the sacking announcement.
As it turned out to be, Warner was dropped from the playing XI after being sacked and was seen performing the 12th man’s duties during SRH’s fixture against Rajasthan Royals (RR). While many would think that Warner would be disappointed with the management’s decision, it wasn’t the case.
Brad Haddin, SRH’s assistant coach, has revealed the opener’s reaction to the sacking. Speaking to Fox Cricket, Haddin revealed that Warner ‘took it with class’ and handled it well.
“He took it with class. It was a bit of a shock to everyone. Management decided to go in a different direction to try to spark something within the team. We weren’t playing to the standard we needed to. With Davey, the way he handled it was all class. He just got on back with the job,” Haddin, who had joined SRH before IPL 2020, told Fox Cricket.
Warner, the most consistent overseas opener in IPL’s history, had led them to the IPL title victory in 2016. He captained the team to 35 wins in 67 matches before being sacked. SRH were a consistent side under his leadership but they struggled in the IPL 2021, which resulted in him being sacked and dropped.
Kane Williamson, who captained SRH in IPL 2018 and 2019, was given the charge once again. The change in captaincy didn’t work for them at least in the opening fixture as they suffered a 55-run defeat against RR.
While Williamson looks set to be backed for the top job in the years to come, it will be interesting to see if the management releases Warner before the next year’s mega-auction or not. The former Australia vice-captain had first joined the Orange Army in 2014.