David Warner: Snatched the captaincy, dropped from the team, and then won the World Cup.
David Warner was instrumental in getting Australia the World T20 title for the first time. Warner, who gave the team a solid start in the final, scored 298 runs throughout the tournament and was adjudged the man of the tournament.
Just a month ago, Warner was sacked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL due to poor performance, but in the T20 World Cup, Warner showed how much power he had.
David Warner is known in the world of cricket as a stormy opener. Warner, who started his career in T20 format, later made his mark in ODIs and Tests as well. Warner has been batting brilliantly in all three formats of the game and how to stop him has been a challenge for bowlers across the world.
His ability to turn the match through boundaries on fewer balls is superb. Due to this, Warner has been considered a favorite of not only the Australian team but also T20 teams around the world.
But this season’s IPL was no less than a bad experience for him. Warner was the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL. Warner’s performance as captain and leading batsman of Hyderabad is excellent. Warner is the fourth highest run scorer in IPL.
- IPL title
Under Warner’s captaincy, Hyderabad team won the IPL title in 2016. Warner holds the record for scoring the most runs for a team in Hyderabad. However, this year’s IPL season saw a rift between Warner and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner was also the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2021 season. The first leg of the season was held in India and Warner’s bat was a bit sluggish in those matches.
By the way, Warner had scored 3, 54, 36, 37, 6, 57 runs in six matches. He failed to play big innings but his score was not too bad either. But team director Tom Moody said that Warner was dropped from the captaincy in Hyderabad’s match against Rajasthan and Kane Williamson was made the captain. Not only this, Warner has been dropped from the team.
Unfortunately, the IPL had to be postponed due to the corona case coming to the fore in the bio bubble. Later, the rest of the matches took place in the United Arab Emirates. Warner has been given the captaincy. But after 0, 2 performance in two matches, he was removed from the captaincy and he was dropped from the team.
For the next few matches, Warner was seen carrying water and energy drinks to the players. Warner was not included in the subsequent matches. Warner watched the match sitting in his hotel room. In some matches, he was seen sitting on the field and supporting the Hyderabad team.
Cricket fans around the world have expressed their displeasure over this kind of attitude with the batsman and capable captain Warner, who scored runs in the IPL.
Meanwhile, a photo of Warner with tears in his eyes after being dropped from the team also went viral on social media, but the Hyderabad team had to stay at the bottom rung this season.
Team management decides who will be the captain or who will be in the team. But it was not fair to treat a big player like Warner like this and cricket fans around the world reacted to it. Warner took to social media to thank fans and urged them to support Sunrisers.
On being dropped from the Hyderabad team, Warner said, “I don’t understand why I was dropped. I respect team director Tom Moody, coach Trevor Bayliss, mentor VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan, but it would have been better.” If I could understand why I was not in the team.”
- Action on rhetoric regarding Manish Pandey?
Hyderabad dropped Manish Pandey from the team for the IPL match in Bangalore this year. After the match, Warner expressed his displeasure.
Warner then said, “Manish is an experienced player. He has scored consistently for the team. The decision to include Manish in the team was in the hands of the selection committee. I think the decision to drop Manish was very difficult. We have to accept the decision of the selection committee.”
It was clear from this statement that there was a rift between the Hyderabad team management and Warner. Warner was supporting Pandey. It is said that due to these statements of Warner, action has been taken against him.
However, Brad Haddin, who was the team’s assistant coach, has also told the media that Warner was not removed from the team due to cricketing reasons. He has not told the whole thing but it also shows that due to the rift with the team management, he was shown the way out, it had nothing to do with his game.
- Strong comeback in T20 World Cup
Fans feared that Warner’s career would be ruined following emotional posts on social media along with his declining form, captaincy and loss of place in the team but Cricket Australia believed in Warner. Australia’s selection committee selected Warner for the World Cup team.
Warner scored 298 runs, winning the trust of the team management. Warner played an important role in the team’s victory in the semi-finals and the final. Warner did not find the rhythm in the opening match against South Africa. He could only score 14 runs.
Against Sri Lanka, Warner found the rhythm and scored 65 runs. He could only score one run against England. Warner also scored 18 runs against Bangladesh. But then Warner indicated a return to form by scoring an unbeaten 89 against the West Indies.
He scored 49 against Pakistan in the semi-final and 53 against New Zealand in the final.
When asked about Warner, Australia captain Aaron Finch said, “Warner is a big player. I am surprised that some people fired him a month ago. I will not lie, we decided to believe him.” “
- support system
Sunrisers Hyderabad advisor and former India player VVS Laxman praised Warner. Laxman said, “Warner proved why big players are different. He showed a great game that Australia played big when they needed it the most. Young players should learn a lot from this.”
After accepting the Man of the Tournament award, Warner said, “I always loved playing. I worked on my basics again. After losing the match to England, I practiced on the Synthetech pitch. There are great people in this team. The contribution of the support staff is priceless. The support from fans at home and around the world is priceless. I am always excited and eager to contribute to the team’s victories.”
Warner’s wife has always stood by him as a support system. On this occasion too, he has praised in a very critical way on social media.
Many on social media have praised Warner during the IPL season by posting pictures of him in tears and the Man of the Tournament award together.
Warner, who seemed very aggressive from the beginning of his career, has later become an example for cricketers around the world.
- Warner’s contribution
Apart from cricket, Warner is very popular on social media. People have liked his videos dancing on Indian Hindi songs.
Warner, his wife Candice and three children have been seen dancing to Indian songs. Warner often dances to special songs on the request of his fans.
Warner is counted among the popular cricket personalities on Tiktok and later on Instagram.
There is going to be a big auction before the IPL season of 2022. Given the strained relationship between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Warner this season, Warner could be seen playing for the new team next year.
Despite this, Warner’s contribution both as captain and batsman in establishing the Hyderabad team and connecting young players with the team cannot be doubted.