'Bitter pill': David Warner left baffled over shock IPL axing

David Warner (pictured left) watching the IPL from the stands and (pictured right) frustrated after his dismissal.
David Warner (pictured) has finally opened up about being axed from the Sunrisers' captain's role. (Images: Vivo IPL)

David Warner has revealed he still hasn't found answers over his shock axing from his role as Sunrisers Hyderabad's captain in the Indian Premier League.

Earlier this year, the cricket world was left stunned when Warner - whose run-scoring at Hyderabad has made him perhaps the most successful of all IPL exports - had the team's captaincy stripped from him.

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Warner had become idolised by Sunrisers fans, but it didn't stop him from also finding himself outside the XI for a second time in one season at the end of September.

It was another big call to ditch the 34-year-old from the team following his two failures with the bat since the league resumed after its Covid-19-related break, even though Warner had also been sidelined for one match in May before the interruption.

And after the exclusion, Warner has opened up about why he found himself stripped of the captaincy and lingering on the bench.

But, it appears even Warner has been left in the dark.

"Look, I'm not 100% sure," Warner told Sports Today when asked about his axing.

"With utmost respect for the owners, Trevor Bayliss, [VVS] Laxman, Tom Moody and Murali [Muthiah Muralidaran], when a decision gets made, it has to be unanimous. But you don't know who is going for you, who wants you the selected, who doesn't. End of the day you're told you're not playing.

"The disappointing thing for me was not being explained why I was dropped as captain. I think if you want to go along the lines of form, it's a difficult one because I guess whatever you've done in the past would have some weightage moving forward, especially when you've played 100 [95] games for the franchise."

Warner also hinted that he could be set to star for another franchise with the up-coming auction set to take place.

"I had four bad games, two run-outs in that, on slow and low wickets in Chennai. It's difficult, a bitter pill to swallow but I don't think I will ever get answers and must move on," he added.

"It's time to look forward, there's another auction coming up. I'd love nothing more than to represent Sunrisers still, but the decision remains with the owners and what direction the franchise wants to go in."

David Warner axed from Sunrisers

At the time of his axing in September, Sunrisers' Aussie coach Trevor Bayliss explained that Warner and other senior members of the squad had been left out to give an opportunity to younger players as Hyderabad are already out of contention for a playoff place.

“We’ve got a lot of young players here, and for this match we decided obviously we’re going to make a few changes in the team," he said.

"But to give some of the young players who haven’t been a part of the 18 and we had to bring them to the game, give them the opportunity to come along and experience a game."

At the time, it proved to be the correct decision as Warner's replacement Jason Roy inspired the struggling Sunrisers to a seven-wicket win, just their second victory in 10 matches of this year's interrupted tournament.

Warner is set to star in the up-coming T20 World World Cup for Australia with the team's campaign kicking-off on October 18 against New Zealand.

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