The change of captain and the exclusion of David Warner from the XI of play did not work well for the Orange Army.
Just before the 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made a huge setup change by replacing their captain David Warner with Kane Williamson. Additionally, in the game against the Rajasthan Royals, the franchise also excluded the opening batsman from their game XI.
The removal of the IPL‘s highest overseas run-getter did not go well with many cricket fans and analysts as they made their own assumptions about the reason for the massive change in the Orange Army. . Former England captain Graeme Swann also spoke out on the hot topic, saying SRH punished Warner for his comments regarding the management of the team.
Indian drummer Manish Pandey did not start his 2021 IPL campaign on a high note as he did not contribute positively to the team. The same led the franchise to exclude Pandey from its playing XI against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC).
When asked about Warner’s reason for not including Manish Pandey in the game XI, the Aussie star said, “It was a tough call in my opinion. But at the end of the day, it’s a selectors’ decision to do so. “
Graeme Swann speaks out on David Warner’s exclusion from SRH
Graeme Swann thinks Warner’s comments about the management of the team don’t go well with the franchise and they’ve given him punishment for the same. “It seems that a message was given to David Warner after this press conference where he passed the ball that it is not my decision but that of the selectors.
“Someone is not happy with that, and unhappy enough to get rid of him as the skipper and remove him from the team. It sounds like a punishment to me more than anything, ”Swann said of the Star Sports pre-game show.
The change of captain and the exclusion of Warner from the game XI did not work well for the Orange Army. Before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspends the T20 Championship, SRH was against Rajasthan Royals (RR). In the game against the Royals, Hyderabad succumbed to a massive 55-point loss and languished at the bottom position of the points table.