IPL 2021: Warner hints of leaving SRH after ongoing season

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener David Warner’s comments on social media has given a clear hint that the out-of-form cricketer and his present franchise will bid goodbye to each other after ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Moreover, Warner has also said that he won’t be a part of the playing XI anymore in the ongoing season but urged fans to keep supporting the Orange Army.

On Monday, Warner was left out of the SRH XI for the clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the Hyderabad-based franchise made as many four changes to their side and finally registered their second win out of 10 games this season.

Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram after SRH registered a comfortable seven-wicket over RR.

What actually clarified that the opener won’t be a part of SRH from next season was his replies to fans in an SRH post on Instagram.

When a fan expressed his disappointments for not seeing Warner in the playing XI and wanted him to make a strong comeback, the former SRH captain replied: “Unfortunately, won’t be again but keep supporting please.”

Commenting on Warner’s exclusion from the playing XI and what made him stay at the team hotel, SRH head coach Trevor Bayliss said: “We’ve got a lot of young players here. For this match, we decided to make a few changes in the team but to give some of the young players a chance who haven’t been a part of 18. Give them an opportunity to experience the game to the players who stayed at the hotel and didn’t even get a chance to come to the ground.”

“We want to give these young guys as many as experience as we can. For this game, David Warner, Kedar Jadhav and Nadeem stayed at the hotel,” Bayliss told reporters.

Warner has struggled to perform with the bat in the ongoing IPL season and has also lost his captaincy during the first half of the tournament, which was staged in India.

Earlier during the first phase of the ongoing edition, several reports had said that Warner had arguments with the SRH team management on exclusion of Manish Pandey from the team and things got so heated that time, that Warner was excluded from the playing XI following which Kane Williamson took over the captaincy.

Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.

Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.

Not to forget, it was under Warner’s captaincy that SRH had won their first IPL title in 2016 by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the summit clash.

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