The opener of the Sunrisers Hyderabad game, David Warner, who was ruled out of the XI due to poor conditions, said he would never appear again on the pitch, “indicating that his time with the struggling franchise may be over. Warner was handed an ax last night in a match against Rajasthan Royals, with SRH winning by seven wickets. This side win, the franchise has been running errands with only two wins in 10 games, leaving them down on the points table and struggling to find a place in the playoffs.
Warner’s absence from digging the team was ignored and fans wondered where he was under a letter written by Instagram by SRH.
Responding to questions, Warner posted, “Unfortunately I won’t do it again but please continue to support me.”
Warner has not been in good form this season, having collected just 181 runs in eight games so far with a total of 24.37. The level of his strike, at the moment, is at the lowest level of IPL figures, making it his worst season in the league.
The 34-year-old joined SRH in 2014 and captained his IPL team in 2016.
He was ousted from the leadership post after a spate of football scandals in 2018, and returned as a skipper in 2020.
He was also removed as captain during the first leg of the season due to team misconduct and disagreements with Team Director Tom Moody and head coach Trevor Bayliss.
“We can’t make it to the finals, so we decided we wanted the youngsters to try not only the games, but the time and resources to help,” Bayliss told a post-match press conference on Monday when asked about Warner staying in his hotel room.
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IPL sources have revealed that he will be released at the end of the season and return to the auction pool.