It was one of the biggest in the IPL, but releasing its slot could bring a better balance to SRH
Did David Warner voluntarily step down as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad? Or was Warner told he had no choice?
ESPNcricinfo understands that Warner was okay with the team’s direction, it was better for him to step down to allow flexibility in team selection, which could potentially lead the Sunrisers to recover from their job. worst joint debut ever in an IPL season They are currently bottom of the points table, with a lone victory in six games
Kane Williamson, who will now take charge of the Sunrisers, would again have gladly stepped in for the good of the team without setting any conditions The final call to change captains mid-season was taken by Sunrisers team management including Tom Moody (team manager), Trevor Bayliss (head coach) and the two VVS Laxman mentors. and Muttiah Muralitharan
The Sunrisers have had equally bad starts in terms of number of wins in their first six games on two previous occasions, in IPL 2014 and IPL 2015 Incidentally, these are the only two seasons in which the Sunrisers haven’t failed to qualify for the IPL playoffs
Since then, Warner has taken the franchise to consistent heights, including leading them to their only IPL crown, in 2016 Williamson, however, equaled Warner in leadership and batting prowess when he took over in as captain of the IPL 2018 while Warner was serving a ban, then during the IPL 2019 playoffs when Warner left early to join the Australian squad ahead of the 2019 Worlds Cut
While the two complemented each other well, with Williamson being Warner’s listener when it comes to leadership on the pitch, the Australian’s reduced impact as a batsman this season, where he has been wary. , was a sticking point This season, the Sunrisers have chased totals five times in their six games and have lost four times, including in a Super Over against the Delhi Capitals.
Warner has been the Sunrisers’ second-leading scorer so far this season with 193 points, including two 50, but with a low strike rate of 11028 In the Sunrisers’ last game – against the Chennai Super Kings – where they hit first for the first time in this IPL, Warner struggled to time or place the ball while scoring a 55-ball 57 During This time, Williamson, who has only appeared in three matches, came under pressure to raise the stake to reverse a slow start and yet managed 108 runs at a strike rate of 135, without being fired yet. Alongside Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan, Williamson made a strong case for being a direct choice in the first XI
With Warner as captain, that left no room for other foreign players.However, one of the Sunrisers’ weaknesses this season has been in their fast bowling department. This is mainly due to the loss of Bhuvneshwar Kumar due to a glitch in the last few matches and having to do without T Natarajan’s services after the left arm couturier was excluded from the tournament due to a knee injury In the absence of two prime stimulators, the Sunrisers have had to rely on Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, neither of whom have enjoyed significant success so far.
The team’s other weakness has been the lack of depth at batting after first order, with an inexperienced middle order to follow. The Sunrisers have reinforcements to fill those gaps on their bench in the form of Jason Holder, Jason Roy and Mohammad Nabi Roy can team up with Bairstow to replicate their explosive partnership for England, Nabi offers depth and depth. experience with the bat and ball, especially on slow and spinning surfaces Holder, who was drafted as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh in the 2020 IPL in the UAE, had become an instant match winner for the Sunrisers
The batting and bowling gap would indicate that the Sunrisers need Holder or Nabi in the game’s XI, and this was likely presented to Warner in the meetings he had with the management of the team It’s likely Warner was told his position wasn’t essential, despite his great acts for the franchise in the past.
The franchise remains convinced that Warner still has a big role to play for them and will be used during the season both as a drummer and as a member of the management group. “No one can write off Warner because he’s a great player,” franchise official said
Despite this, the appeal that the Sunrisers team management has taken is courageous.It is rare for IPL teams to move an overseas captain mid-season, even if the player in question has had difficulties individually Objectively, the Sunrisers’ decision is both bold and logical. Releasing the place occupied by Warner allows the team better options for the team’s balance
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