Australia opener David Warner has said that he will be putting his name in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as he won’t be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and he wants to make a fresh start in the lucrative league.
Warner, who turned 35 on Thursday, was stripped of the SRH captaincy earlier in the season and was left out of the squad in the remianing six games of the UAE leg of the recently concluded IPL 2021. Commenting on it, Warner said that it was a “tough pill to swallow” and said he is still to get an explanation from SRH for dropping him from the team.
“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Warner told a morning show on Australian radio station SEN on Thursday.
“I kind of laughed at the reasoning, that two guys were hitting the ball out of the middle a little bit better than I was. Given tha’ when you’re playing th’ game you’re playing the scenario…Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts around there. What you have to do as a professional athlete is take it on the chin do everything you can for the team,” he added.
Further expressing himself, the Aussie opener said: “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.”
Warner further reckoned that he has most likely played his final game for the Orange Army, where he had spent eight seasons in the cash-rich league and with whom he won the 2016 championship.
With two new teams added in the tournament, Warner said he is looking for a fresh start in the league.
“I will put my name in the auction. By the signs of the recent IPL, I won’t be retained by t’e Sunrisers, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” he confirmed to the radio station.
During the business end of this year’s season, Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram for SRH.
Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.
Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.