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David Warner has been sensationally dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, leaving cricket fans around the world stunned.
One of the giants of the Indian Premier League, Warner was formerly the captain of the franchise and has become idolised by Sunrisers fans.
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The Australian opener, whose run-scoring at Hyderabad has made him perhaps the most successful of all IPL exports, had the team's captaincy stripped from him earlier this year.
And on Monday he was left out of their team altogether for a second time this season in Dubai.
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.
The 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."
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.
The English World Cup star Roy, who's been twiddling his thumbs waiting for a chance while Warner's been struggling, gave them fresh impetus with his knock of 60.
Captain Kane Williamson's unbeaten 51 helped steer the Sunrisers to 3-167 and a victory over Rajasthan Royals with nine balls to spare.
Despite the victory, fans were up in arms over Warner's brutal axing.
Whatever it must be, I feel very very sad for David Warner, the guy took care of batting for #SRH all these years and the moment he had off season, the management literally didn't show support. Hope he comes back in better stead next year, maybe in new team ❤️
— Navleen Kaur (@NavleenSpeaks) September 27, 2021
What on earth is happening with David Warner
— 🇮🇳 (@RishiReformed) September 27, 2021
Just realized that David Warner will never been seeing playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad 😭😭😭😭💔💔💔💔💔
— 71st Anirudh Varma // SRH 🧡 (@Anirudh_Noob) September 27, 2021
Really hope SRH stick with Warner. He has been class for them. Every player goes through a lean patch. If they do end up releasing him, I hope Punjab make a move in the mega auction.
KL Rahul x David Warner would be klassy. https://t.co/SGbpX4rNLt
— 🔴 (@ItsJSingh) September 27, 2021
— Boring_bros (@Boring_bros) September 27, 2021
Absolutely shameless Management. Remember one thing @SunRisers
The moment you release david warner, it will be the end of my love for your franchise. I have been a fan of srh since the beginning, now you are going to lose all the love you got over the years.
— GMResports (@Nskkhan12) September 27, 2021
Anyone writing off David Warner is actually the most absurd thing. He is a champion and will bounce back. I believe, in the upcoming #ICCT20WorldCup, he will be a force to be reckoned with. #DavidWarner
— Aayush Sharma (@AayushJourno) September 27, 2021
You got to feel bad for David Warner. He has carried SRH for many many years. Sad to see him support from the sidelines. We all know how much an Aussie loves a challenge I know the champ will bounce back #IPL2O21 @davidwarner31
— Vivek Nandwani (@VivekNandwani) September 27, 2021
David Warner's stunning fall from grace at Hyderabad
Warner, who led Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title in 2016 and has scored more than 4000 runs for them, has paid the price for a season where he's not only been down on runs but where his scoring rate has dropped from its usual impressive 140 to a sluggish 108.
The highest-scoring overseas player in the league's history, Warner sits in fifth place among all IPL scorers with 5449 runs.
However has only compiled 195 from his eight knocks this season, while his two innings since the league's resumption saw him score 0 and two.
Hyderabad chased down Rajasthan's 5-164, compiled largely off the back of skipper Sanju Samson's 82 off 57 balls, with some comfort thanks to the blistering start given to them by Roy whose 60 came off 42 balls, featuring eight fours and a six.
Williamson, who took over the captaincy from Warner in May, was his usual masterful self, hitting the winning boundary off Mustafizur Rahman.
"Good to be on the right side. We want to build on this, want to see the younger players take their opportunity and enjoy the cricket," said the New Zealander with what cannot have been the most comforting message for Warner, who'll be 35 next month.
Roy took full advantage of his first innings this season, dominating two half-century stands with Wriddhiman Saha (18) and Williamson, while hitting left-arm spinner Rahul Tewatia for three fours and a six in one over.
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