Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Warner wasn't the only player we'd left back at the hotel: Bayliss. Former captain David Warner was dropped by his franchise after a poor run of scores
Former captain David Warner was dropped by his franchise after a poor run of scores
Ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad's clash against Rajasthan Royals, much of the chatter revolved around the future of David Warner in the SRH set-up, given his paltry returns this season. IPL 2021 has been Warner's worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38 and striking at 107.73.
After being ousted from captaincy duties earlier in the Indian leg of the season, Warner was given another go when the tournament moved to the UAE. However, with scores of 0 and 2, it was an expected move for Warner to be replaced at the top in favour of Jason Roy, who was waiting for his opportunity on the sidelines. However, on Monday (September 27), Warner was not even at the ground with the squad.
“We can't make the finals, so we made a decision to get the youngsters to experience not just the matches, but time around the ground and around the set-up. And for this match we made a decision…he wasn't the only experienced player that we'd left back at the hotel,” said Trevor Bayliss of Warner's absence after the game. “We've had a number of young players who haven't even been to the ground, even our reserves, we wanted to give them the opportunity to come along and experience a game. That might continue for a few more games. We don't know… we've got to sit down in a day or two and pick a team and pick a squad of 18. That's just the way it is. Dave's obviously watching the game at the hotel and giving his support to the boys. Just like everyone else. We're all in this together.”
Warner has been SRH's star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017 and 2019, having amassed 4014 in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.
When asked whether this was the beginning of the end for Warner at SRH, Bayliss said: “Look, that certainly hasn't been discussed. This is the last year before the mega auction, those decisions will be made further down the line. He's been a great contributor to Hyderabad for a number of years now and he's very well-respected. And with the number of runs he's scored, I'm sure he's got a lot more runs in him in the IPL.”