Williamson better captaincy option than Warner: Sehwag | Courtesy: IPL/BCCI Photo&
- David Warner was largely at fault as Sunrisers Hyderabad were beaten by Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday
- Criticism of Warner’s captaincy has been thick and heavy over the past few games
- Virender Sehwag feels Kane Williamson should take over captaincy from David Warner for the remainder of the season
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner took the blame upon himself as his side suffered a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in match no. 23 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Wednesday. Though SRH’s problems go beyond Warner’s form, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag feels the franchise can benefit from a change in captaincy.
Warner was in charge of the Sunrisers side that won the IPL title in 2016. The team came close to winning the title once more in 2018 when Kane Williamson was leading the team in Warner’s absence. Over the last two seasons, however, Hyderabad have struggled to challenge for the title, especially because of the absence of top-quality Indian players.
In the IPL 2021 season, SRH sit bottom of the points table with just 1 win in 6 matches. As pressure rises on skipper Warner amid a string of unimpressive results, Sehwag feels Kane Williamson should be made the captain of the franchise.
“Can be changed,” Sehwag said responding to Cricbuzz’s question over the swapping Warner with Williamson as captain. “Punjab (Punjab Kings) and Kolkata (Kolkata Knight Riders) have changed it in the past.”
“They (SRH) have faith in Warner, he has won them a title. He’s been leading them for 2-3 years. For me, Kane Williamson is the better option,” he added.
Another former India cricketer, Pragyan Ojha shared his take on the subject and said that the franchise is too emotional over Warner’s position in the team. Though it’s Williamson who holds the captaincy of a national team (New Zealand), he is second to Warner in the pecking order.
“SRH are being too emotional for David Warner. He’s their number 1 player. Whenever he’s available, Warner plays and leads the team. Management has given a clear message that Warner is number 1 and Williamson is number 2,” Ojha said.
With only a solitary win to their name, Sunrisers Hyderabad sit bottom of the IPL 2021 points table. With nearly half of the season over, the franchise needs an instant upturn in form or their playoff hopes will extinguish in the coming games.