It wasn't the best of Indian Premier League season for the SunRisers Hyderabad by any stretch of the imagination. The Orange Army managed to win just three matches this season and finished at the bottom of the table with just six points.
Their campaign came to end with yet another defeat as they fell 42-runs short of a mammoth 230-plus total posted by the Mumbai Indians. The season was equally bad if not worse for a long time SRH batting mainstay and former captain David Warner.
While Warner was one of the key reasons behind the team's remarkable consistency in recent years, an average performance from him in this season of the tournament not only saw him lose the captaincy but he was even axed from the Playing XI. With a mega auction coming up ahead of the next season, it is likely that the Australian batter would not be retained by the franchise.
The same was in fact hinted by Warner himself as he bid farewell to his fans at the club and thanked them in a recent social media post.
"Thank You for the memories created. To all the fans, you have been a driving force for our team always to give 100%. I can’t thank you all enough for the support shown. It’s been a great ride. My family and I are going to miss you all!! #respect #cricket #hyderabad One last effort today 💪🏻💪🏻," he had posted ahead of SRH's last league match against Mumbai.
And now he has dropped in another comment on Kane Williamson's Instagram post where the SunRisers can be seen in a team huddle. While Williamson had captioned his picture, "A tough season with plenty of lessons. Always a pleasure playing with these guys. A special mention to the team, the staff and especially the fans #orangearmy," Warner commented, "No pic with me in there, thought we were so tight."
Here is Williamson's post:
It remains to be seen which team bids for Warner in the auction which is expected to happen in December this year. Two new franchises are entering the auctions and that will mean there are likely to be many interested buyers for a player of Warner's calibre.