IPL 2021 has been a struggle for David Warner. The southpaw was stripped of his duties following SRH’s poor show in the first leg of IPL. Also, he was dropped from the team after consistent batting failures. Many speculate that Warner might have played his last game for SRH.
Having featured in the first couple of games in the UAE leg, Warner was dropped from the team and was even asked to stay in the hotel instead of travelling with the team. However, the Australian kept on supporting the team from his hotel room. The former skipper though made an appearance in the stadium during SRH’s match against KKR where he was seen watching the match from the stands.
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Earlier, former England batter Kevin Pietersen had expressed his disappointment over SRH’s handling of David Warner. “David Warner just is Sunrisers Hyderabad, so it’s disheartening to see his love affair with the franchise unravelling like this. “He has scored so many runs for them over the years, captained them to the title, and has been at the heart and soul of everything that they do,” KP wrote in his blog of Betway Insider.
Warner has a staggering record in IPL and is the fifth-highest run-scorer of the tournament with 5449 runs in 150 games, including 4 hundreds. The Australian has been a prolific performer for SRH and scored over 500 runs – 528 (2014), 562 (2015), 848 (2016), 641 (2017), 692 (2019) and 548 (2020) in six consecutive seasons. He also led SRH to their only title win in 2016.
Talking about the match against KKR, the Men in Orange experienced yet another batting collapse and could only manage 115-8 in their 20 overs, with Kane Williamson top-scoring with 26. SRH is already out of contention for the playoffs having lost 9 of their 11 games so far. They are staring yet another defeat against KKR.