Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fans received a big surprise on Sunday as David Warner was dropped out of the playing XI after being stripped of captaincy responsibilities for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign. While the call to introduce a change in captaincy was understood to a fair extent, not many have been able to digest the franchise’s decision to exclude him from the playing XI too.
Warner remains one of the finest batters in the world and an iconic player in the Indian Premier League. Seeing Mohammad Nabi being included in his place in the team against Rajasthan Royals, many fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Murali Kartik was also surprised by the big call as he went on to slam the SRH management over the decision.
“Mel. Firstly replacing him was downright shocking/absurd, but u know what was the icing on the cake” he doesn’t fit into the Team combination. Seriously, suddenly, wow ur best player, one of IPL’s best suddenly doesn’t fit into ur team after having played so many yrs & 2days ago,” Karthik wrote on Twitter.
Mel..firstly replacing him was downright shocking/absurd, but u know what was the icing on the cake » he doesn’t fit in to the Team combination « ..Seriously,suddenly,woww ur best player,one of ipl’s best suddenly doesn’t fit into ur team after having played so many yrs&2days ago https://t.co/2GFMyefT0m
“So basically saying that the ones watching are in kindergarten and we don’t understand. Seriously since when did Warner not fit into the team combo. Who is replacing him Sir Sachin/Lara, Sir Garfield, Sir Viv #IPL2021,” added Karthik in his second tweet.
2/2.. So basically saying that the ones watching are in kindergarten and we don’t understand..seriously since when did Warner not fit into the te combo.. Who is replacing him sachin/ Lara, sir Garfield, sir Viv #IPL2021 https://t.co/2GFMyefT0m
What’s even more worrying for SRH fans is that Warner’s absence doesn’t seem to be for just one match. Trevor Bayliss, during the match against the Royals, had confirmed that the franchise intends to back the players it has chosen after axing Warner for a few games.
While Nabi failed to impress after coming into the team against RR, Jason Holder also remains in the fray for the all-rounder’s spot in the upcoming matches. Though Warner is keeping himself busy by speaking to players in the SRH dugout and lending his advice wherever required, many feel that the Sun has already set on Warner’s time with the franchise.
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