David Warner has undoubtedly been one of the most consistent overseas stars in Indian Premier League over the years. The Aussie has played 150 matches in the tournament, scoring around 5449 runs at a scintillating average of 41.59. He also had a breathtaking season in 2016 where he led Sunrisers Hyderabad to a historic IPL title. However, this season has not gone according to the plan for the southpaw.
After a poor start to the season, the 34-year-old was removed from SRH captaincy with Kane Williamson taking over. He was even dropped from the side but made his way back into playing XI in the second phase of the tournament. However, Warner looked slightly out of shots and registered couple of low scores, before getting replaced by Jason Roy at the top. As the Englishman scored a brilliant fifty, it was expected that the season was more or less done for Warner.
Warner not included in 18-member squad for match against CSK
The Aussie had also hinted about the same as he had not travelled to the stadium for the match against Rajasthan Royals. Ahead of match no. 44 between SRH and CSK, social media was flooded with comments around Warner. The fans wanted to know if the former captain of the Orange Army would be seen at the stadium in Sharjah or not. The mystery was finally solved as Warner answered the questions of the fans on Instagram.
As Sunrisers Hyderabad posted the video of players leaving for the stadium, Warner was nowhere to be seen in the video. When some of the users commented to enquire about the same, the Aussie himself replied, "I am not in the 18 so I can’t go to ground."
As SRH look to give opportunities to youngsters for remainder of the matches, some of the senior players like Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and David Warner have been dropped from the side with the latter also not finding a place in the 18-member squad for the contest. However, the 34-year-old is still showing his support to the side as he requested the fans to cheer for the team.