Ace Australian opening batter David Warner has confirmed that he will be putting his name in the mega auction ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The southpaw isn’t expecting the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to retain him after he was left out from the side in both phases of IPL 2021.
Notably, Warner was the captain of the Hyderabad-based franchise at the start of the recently-concluded edition of the cash-rich league. However, he was mid-way stripped from the leadership role as New Zealand’s Kane Williamson took over.
“I will put my name in the auction. By the signs of the recent IPL, I won’t be retained by the Sunrisers, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” David Warner said while speaking to Australian radio station SEN.
“Tough pill to swallow” – Warner on exclusion from SRH’s playing XI
The left-hander has repeatedly expressed his unhappiness at not getting a clear explanation after being axed from SRH. David Warner revealed that “it was a tough pill to swallow” for him and wasn’t even travelling to the stadium with the team in the second phase of the league.
“It was a tough pill to swallow. I kind of laughed at the reasoning, that two guys were hitting the ball out of the middle a little bit better than I was. Given that when you’re playing the game you’re playing the scenario. Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts around there. What you have to do as a professional athlete is take it on the chin and do everything you can for the team.
“Not being able to go there, run drinks, and be around was when it sort of hit home that it could be personal, and I’m still yet to get those answers,” the 35-year-old added.