David Warner gave a brutal response to a fan asking him to lead SRH in IPL 2022  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- David Warner gave a brutal response to a fan asking him to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022
- Warner made it clear that he will not be retained by SRH ahead of the mega-auction
- Warner was sacked from captaincy and dropped from the playing XI during IPL 2021
David Warner was sacked as captain by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) during the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Warner was also dropped from the playing XI following his no-show in the IPL 2021. Warner has remained vocal on social media ever since his fallout with the Hyderabad franchise in the IPL.
Sunrisers Hyderabad assistant coach Brad Haddin had earlier admitted that the decision to drop the Australian opener from the team’s playing XI midway through the IPL season had nothing to do with cricket. According to various media reports, the former IPL-winning captain of the SRH franchise is set to be released by Oraneg Army ahead of the mega auction.
However, Warner is a fan favourite at SRH and their fans have been urging the owners to retain him ahead of the new season on social media although chances of that seem highly unlikely. Recently, the Australian cricketer gave the strongest indication possible of his departure from the franchise with a reply to a fan on Instagram. On a post by a fan page of the team, an SRH wrote, “Tom moody head coach,warner captain.” Warner was quick to notice the comment and responded, ‘No Thanks’ to crush the hearts of the hopeful fanbase.
While it is clear that Warner will leave SRH, his next destination is still up in the air. The Australian opener is likely to go into the auction but the possibility of either of the two new teams purchasing him as a pre-auction pick is quite high.
Warner had led SRH to their only IPL title in 2016. He has won the orange cap thrice while representing the Hyderabad-based franchise. However, in IPL 2021, he featured in just eight games scoring 195 runs at an average of 24.37.
Warner returned his explosive best at the 2021 T20 World Cup and played a critical role in helping Australia win the trophy for the first time. He was awarded the Man of the Tournament award for scoring 289 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 146.70.