Despite being one of the leading run-getters in the history of the Indian Premier League, Australia's David Warner is likely to be dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2022 Mega Auction. There has been some kind of tension between the player and the management which came to the fore after he was not only unceremoniously removed as captain earlier in 2021 but even failed to make it to the XI.
At the backdrop of this, Warner's recent Instagram post in Sunrisers Hyderabad colours has added to the speculations that he may not be retained prior to the mega auctions. "I’ll be back………………… #cricket #dream #believe #home #fans #passion #support," he captioned the post.
Earlier, Warner had shared a special Friendship Day message on Instagram through a picture. He used a picture from his SRH dressing room featuring New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and England’s Jonny Bairstow. He captioned it: "Happy friendship day everyone!! The beauty about cricket is we have friends all around the world 👌👌 #friends #cricket #sport #staysafe."
Here is the post:
Warner is extremely popular among SRH fans who keep on sending him memes and pictures based on South Indian movies on social media. The ones that he likes, he reposts them on his account. While the left-hander may not retain his place inside in 2022, for now, he would be looking forward to joining the group in UAE and making a statement with the bat, if given an opportunity.
Overall in 148 IPL matches, Warner has accumulated 5447 runs at an average of 42.22 and a strike rate of 140.13. However, his strike rate was just 110.28 in the 6 matches he played in the first half of IPL 2021 which led to his sacking as the captain. In his absence, Williamson was named the captain and it would be interesting to see how the situation is handled once the tournament resumes in September.
Notably, IPL 2021 was originally scheduled to end in May but several Coronavirus cases inside bio-secure bubbles forced the postponement of the tournament. The second phase of the competition will now resume in UAE from September 19.