Aakash Chopra believes David Warner will no longer be seen plying his trade for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League. Out of form, David Warner was replaced by Jason Roy in the Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing XI for yesterday’s IPL 2021 encounter against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). While the Australian opener was not even at the ground, Jason Roy went on to play a match-winning knock of 60 crucial runs.
Aakash Chopra Feels One Won’t See David Warner In SRH Colour Anymore
While reflecting on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 2nd win in IPL 2021 in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opined that David Warner has already played his last match for the Orange Army.
RR made three changes to their team as Jaydev Unadkat, Evin Lewis and Chris Morris replaced injured Kartik Tyagi, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi. SRH, on the other hand, made four changes as Jason Roy made his SRH debut, while Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Siddarth Kaul came into the team in place of David Warner, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and an injured Khaleel Ahmed.
“They made wholesale changes. SRH played Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg. Khaleel was not there, so Siddharth Kaul was also given an opportunity and the luck changed. They dropped Warner as well. I feel that’s it for Warner, we will not see Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad colors anymore, that game is over,” said Aakash Chopra.
The cricketer-turned-commentator lauded Abhishek Sharma for his all-round performance for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in yesterday’s encounter against RR.
“The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s sun has eventually risen. They made Rajasthan bite the dust. The other thing we came to know from this match is that Abhishek Sharma is a serious talent. He should be given more opportunities,” said Aakash Chopra.
Abhishek Sharma’s unbeaten 21 off 16 deliveries took the Sunrisers Hyderabad home in the company of Kane Williamson. He bowled a tidy over and was good in the field as well.
Aakash Chopra Said Bhuvneshwar Kumar Isn’t At His 100% Yet But Bowled Better
David Warner’s replacement Jason Roy provided the spark for their chase of the Rajasthan Royals’ total of 164 with a 42-ball 60. Captain Kane Williamson saw the team through with an unbeaten 51 off 41 balls. Speaking about the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling effort, Aakash Chopra highlighted that pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is still not at his best.
“Bhuvi bowled well, bowled better than he has. Is he at his 100 percent yet, I don’t think so. Kaul bowled well, Rashid got hit a little but took a wicket, he always does that,” said Aakash Chopra.
While speaking in glowing terms about Jason Roy’s exploits at the top of the order, the 44-year-old also had a word of praise for Kane Williamson and Wriddhiman Saha.
“Roy oh boy, he batted amazingly well. He made you forget that you had Bairstow and Warner also. Kane Williamson was there till the end. Wriddhiman Saha also played the big shots at the start,” said Aakash Chopra.
Although the Sunrisers Hyderabad have won just two of their first ten encounters, they are still in contention for a playoff berth. They could still make the knockout stages if they go on a winning spree and many other results go in their favour.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Sanju Samson saw another of his exemplary efforts go in vain. His blazing 57-ball 82 had helped RR a competitive total of 164/5. During the course of the innings, he leapfrogged Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan to become the highest run-getter of this IPL with an aggregate of 433 runs, three runs ahead of the left-hander. Having scored an unbeaten 70 in the last game versus Delhi Capitals, the RR captain averages 54.12, but a lack of support from his line-up has hurt his side.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 167/3 (Jason Roy 60, Kane Williamson 51*; Mahipal Lomror 1/22) beat Rajasthan Royals 164/6 (Sanju Samson 82, Yashasvi Jaiswal 36; Siddarth Kaul 2/36) by 7 wickets.