David Warner was removed from the captaincy and dropped out of the team by SRH in IPL 2021.© IPL
From being dropped by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise in September to being awarded the Player of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup in November it was a rollercoaster ride for opener David Warner, who played a crucial role in Australia’s first T20 World Cup title victory on Sunday. Two months after the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Warner broke his silence over the series of events that happened to him at the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) camp where the star opener was left out of the team and removed from captaincy.
“When you’re left with the team you loved the most for years without any real guilt and stripped of captaincy without being given a reason, it hurts. At the same time, there are no complaints. The fans “India has always been there for me and it’s for them that you play. We play to entertain. We play to push for excellence,” Warner said in an interview with The Economic Times.
David Warner, who led SunRisers Hyderabad to the IPL title in 2016, competed in just two matches in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. However, the opening batsman said that even after not getting a place in the SRH team, he trained hard and batted extremely well in the nets.
“Whatever the reason I did not get a place in an IPL team, I can tell you I trained the hardest I’ve ever done. I did not miss a single day. I “batted very well in the nets and it was only a matter of time before everything started working out. So yes, while it hurt, I knew I would get another chance,” Warner added.
Australia lifted their first T20 World Cup title on Sunday by defeating New Zealand in the final. David Warner was the architect of Australia’s victory in the tournament with his outstanding batting performances. The left-handed batsman scored 289 runs in 7 overs at the final T20 World Cup.
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