Speculations are rife that David Warner might have played his last game for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The former skipper was stripped of his duties midway through the tournament following the team’s poor show. Warner was also dropped from the team after the southpaw struggled in the first couple of games post IPL resumption in UAE. Many fans feel that Warner’s career with SRH is all but over.
The Australian does not travel with the team anymore and stays in the hotel itself. Warner on Thursday posted a cryptic message on his Instagram account hinting that everything is not right between him and the management. The southpaw wrote “It’s not about who is real to you face, it’s about who stays real behind your back,” the message in the story read. He also posted a video of him watching SRH play against CSK.
Post SRH’s win over Rajasthan Royals, coach Trevor Bayliss said SRH wants to give the youngsters an opportunity to experience the matches from the dugout which is why Warner doesn’t travel with the team.
“We can’t make the final so have made a decision that we want the young players to experience not just the matches but time at the ground, around the set-up, and for this match we made the decision,” Bayliss said about Warner’s exclusion. “He was not the only experienced player we left back at the hotel,” added the coach.
On retaining or letting go Warner, the coach said, “Look that certainly has not been discussed. It is something that… this is the last year before a major auction. Those decisions will be made further down the line. He has been a great contributor to Hyderabad Sunrisers for a number for a number of years now. He is very well respected with the amount of runs he has scored. I am sure he has got a lot more runs in him yet in the IPL,” added Bayliss
David Warner has been a prolific performer for SRH. He has been very consistent for the Orange Army and scored over 500 runs – 528 (2014), 562 (2015), 848 (2016), 641 (2017), 692 (2019) and 548 (2020) in six consecutive seasons. SRH’s only title win in IPL also came under David Warner’s leadership.