Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta was quite shocked after the omission of David Warner from the playing XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The Hyderabad-based franchise dropped the Aussie opener after sacking him from the captaincy role.
The 34-year old was replaced by the all-rounder Mohammad Nabi during the game against Rajasthan Royals. However, the Afghan cricketer could not live up to the expectation with both bat and ball. This resulted in a sixth loss for the ‘Orange Army’ in the 14th edition of the tournament.
The cricketer-turned-commentator mentioned that it was surprising to see David Warner warming the bench despite being amongst the runs.
“Pre-tournament, Sunrisers was one of my top-four teams but they just fell apart. Yes, Bhuvi and Natarajan got injured and Warner wasn’t in great form. But some of the decisions were baffling to me. Warner not playing was baffling to me. Yes, you have one of the top captains in Kane Williamson so you pass it on to him. But Warner, the batsman not playing, for me that is a little baffling,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
“It would be unfortunate and unfair of not giving, whoever gets an opportunity in place of Warner, him a few more games because you can’t really judge a player based on 1 match. But I find it very difficult to accept that Warner the batsman is not playing,” he added.
‘The Sunrisers unit looks very unsettled’: Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta reckoned that the Sunrisers Hyderabad dugout looks quite unsettled as they are making several changes in every game. He added that SRH might have already tried 21 players out of their squad of 23 or 24.
“SRH unit looks very unsettled. They have played so many players, tried various combinations but it doesn’t seem to be working. I think they have already tried 21 players out of a squad of 23 or 24. That tells you how that dressing room is,” Dasgupta said.