IPL 2021 was definitely a forgettable season for David Warner. He not only lost his captaincy in the first half of the tournament, but also got out of the team's playing XI following the season's resumption in UAE. The issue caught additional limelight when it was revealed that Warner was not even in the reserves and that he had been following his team SunRisers Hyderabad's matches from his hotel room.
A lot has been said since then from both the sides, and the story so far had revealed that Warner was still looking for an answer on why he was not even picked as a reserve. “Not being able to go there, run drinks and be around was when it sort of hit home that it could be personal, and I’m still yet to get those answers,” the player had told SEN radio.
Dropping David Warner in the IPL wasn't a cricket decision: SRH assistant coach Brad Haddin
Clearing the air on the controversy surrounding David Warner's exclusion from the playing XI of SRH, the team's assistant coach Brad Haddin has said that it "was not a cricket decision" and hinted that it was rather influenced by a different matter.
"Dropping David Warner in the IPL wasn't a cricket decision. The circumstances were out of control. The coaching staff had no role in him not playing," said Brad Haddin on the Grade Cricketer.
David Warner to put himself in upcoming IPL mega auction
In the same interview to SEN Radio, wherein he had spoken his heart out, Warner had also revealed that he would be keeping himself on the mega auction that will take place ahead of IPL 2022. He added that the "signs" say that he won't be retained by SRH.
“I will put my name in the auction. By the signs of the recent IPL, I won’t be retained by the Sunrisers, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” Warner told SEN radio. Meanwhile, Warner admitted that being left out of SRH's playing XI in IPL 2021 was a “tough pill to swallow”.