Sunrisers Hyderabad's director of cricket Tom Moody on Sunday revealed that opener David Warner was "shocked and disappointed" with the latest turn of events that saw him lose his captaincy in the middle of the ongoing IPL season and missing out on the playing XI for the side's ongoing game against Rajasthan Royals. Moody added that the fellow Australian has accepted the decision.
Notably, Warner was removed as the captain of the Orange Army on Saturday after the team failed to get off to a good start with just one win to their credit in six matches. As a result, they were finding themselves at the bottom of the points table which might have prompted the call from the management. New Zealand star Kane Williamson will take over the leadership responsibility for the remainder of the season.
We had to make the hard call, says Moody
“Firstly it means he’s not going to be playing this game. We had discussions and decided that two (overseas) batsmen, one all-rounder and Rashid Khan was the best way to go about it,” Moddy said ahead of the match on Sunday.
“We had to make the hard call – someone had to miss out and unfortunately for Davey it’s him. He has been pretty good. He’s shocked and disappointed. You’d be disappointed if he wasn’t feeling that way. Any elite sportsman would be disappointed. He has come to terms with the logic behind what we want to achieve from a franchise’s perspective,” he added.
"He has rallied around the team and more importantly the team has rallied around him," he further said.