David Warner Dropped: Sunrisers Hyderabad relieved David Warner from the captaincy role on Saturday handing the reins to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson instead. If that decision took everyone off guard, then SRH’s decision to overlook Warner for the game against Rajasthan Royals was no different than having the rug swept out from under your feet. It was shocking. Appalling to see Warner sitting by the boundary rope and watching his teammates playing without him.
The captain is the team’s most important player and Warner went from being the leader to being a stooge. Not technically, but by the role in the team. It was a complete fall from grace for the Australian. And it was undeserving considering what he has done for this franchise over the years. His numbers are truly instrumental, unbelievable in every way. He has led the scoring charts three times since the 2015 season.
So it was hard to see Warner pulling a long face on the edge of the ground, for the reasons he thinks, well actually most of the fans can empathize with him, were totally untoward.
In fact, from the pictures coming out from the match, Warner was certainly in pain. He seemed to be weeping and inconsolable with one of his teammates’ arms around him. It was just too emotional to watch.
The change in the captain didn’t make any difference to SRH’s performance. The Orange Army was blatant in the field, while the batting fell like a house of cards. The 55-run defeat against Rajasthan resigned the team to the foot of the IPL power rankings. Considering half the season is gone, the margin for error is non-existent if SRH are to qualify for the playoffs.
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