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Virender Sehwag: Releasing David Warner For A Poor IPL 2021 Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Biggest Mistake

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)

Virender Sehwag, the former Indian opener termed the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) decision to part ways with former captain David Warner as their ‘biggest mistake’. Virender Sehwag stated that whatever issues there were between the Aussie opener and the team management could have been sorted out and SRH should have reconciled with the match-winner ahead of IPL 2022.

SRH sacked the Australian opener as captain midway through the last IPL 2021 season and dropped him from the playing XI as well for the last few matches of that edition. The 35-year-old opening batter wasn’t retained and went back into the IPL 2022 auction, where he was purchased by his former franchise, the Delhi Capitals (DC) for a hefty sum of ₹6.25 crore.

David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: Releasing David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Biggest Mistake

The veteran left-hander has had an excellent IPL 2022 season, scoring 427 runs in 11 matches at an average of 53.38 and a strike rate of 151.96. David Warner will be key to DC’s fortunes when the franchise takes on the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday in a must-win game to qualify for the playoffs.

While discussing the match, Virender Sehwag shared his views on the Aussie opener’s prolific run and said: “Releasing David Warner has been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s biggest mistake. They should never have let him go, irrespective of what happened. If an Indian captain makes a statement, the selectors don’t remove him or sack him. SRH management should have backed Warner, which they did not do. If they had, he would still have been with the franchise.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag further pointed out that any cricketer can have a disappointing season, but that doesn’t make him a bad cricketer citing RCB’s Virat Kohli’s example.

Giving the example of Virat Kohli, he said: “Anyone can have a poor season. Virat Kohli only recently scored that fifty, otherwise his season has been really bad. That doesn’t mean Bangalore must release him.”

David Warner played eight games for SRH in IPL 2021, scoring 195 runs at an average of 24.37 and a strike rate of 107.73. He had expressed his displeasure at the manner in which he was treated by the franchise in an interview earlier this year.

In 2016, when Virat Kohli smashed records and scored hundreds for fun, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner hit 848 in 17 matches and led his side to IPL glory. In 2017, David Warner was at the top of his game again – 641 runs came in 14 matches before a sensational comeback following a one-year suspension due to Sandpaper Gate. David Warner hammered 692 runs in 2019 and then in 2020, scored another 548.

Virender Sehwag: David Warner Has Modified His Game And Plays According To The Situation

Praising the Aussie left-hander for adding a new dimension to his game, Virender Sehwag stated that the 35-year-old has become adept at modifying his batting to suit the team’s needs.

The former India opener explained: “Warner has modified his game. He plays according to the situation. He started with attacking cricket but now he is controlling the game as well and tries to stay till the end, which is a sign of a very good player.”

 David Warner (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)
David Warner (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)

David Warner was dismissed for a golden duck in DC’s previous IPL 2022 match against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). The franchise, however, recovered to register a crucial 17-run win. David Warner, Delhi Capitals’ leading scorer this season has amassed 427 runs in 11 games, with his average (53.37) and his strike rate (151.95) being the best in the league among the top ten run-scorers.

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