Sunrisers Hyderabad former skipper David Warner is deeply moved by the warm welcome he received from the club’s members. Warner was welcomed back into the team with open arms by Tom Moody and VVS Laxman. The southpaw was banned for ball tampering and had to miss the previous season of the league.
Meanwhile, David Warner has an immaculate record while playing in the Indian Premier League. The left-hander has thus far scored 4014 runs in 114 IPL matches and he has been a vital cog in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp.
Warner was welcomed with open arms.
In fact, Warner had also taken the franchise to glory in the 2016 edition. The left-hander had amassed 848 runs in the season and he was instrumental in the success of the team.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman was all praise for the former Australian vice-captain. Laxman said that they are proud of Warner’s achievement for the side.
Warner said that Hyderabad is like a second home for him. The Australian batsman also gave his gratitude to his fans who have put their weight behind the batsman.
“It’s very important. It is one tournament on the calendar that I’ve always been looking forward to. I’ve had a lot of success over the years from when I first started.
“From Delhi, I moved to Hyderabad. This is my second home and to come back here to open arms and to be greeted with the fans, some of the passionate and kind words, it means a lot to my family and myself. I’m just looking forward to the start of the tournament and playing and trying to go one step further from where the guys just couldn’t get further last year,” Warner told India Today.
“The fans have been fantastic. My teammates, lots of cuddles and high-fives… it’s been brilliant. It felt like I was at home I can’t thank them enough for sticking by me and always sending me nice messages.
Meanwhile, David Warner has said that the warm welcome received from the franchise means the world to him while talking to Boria Majumdar for India Today.
Warner will like to hit the ground running in the Indian Premier League. The combative left-hander hasn’t played any competitive cricket in the recent past.
Warner praised VVS Laxman.
“Laxman is a very, very humble human being and he always has nothing but nice things to say. The words he used the other day really meant a lot to myself, he’s just so genuine. With everything going on in the last four months, I was at the forefront of his mind, I’m in the Sunrisers family’s mind and that they’re gonna welcome me with open arms as soon as the IPL starts. I’m really grateful for it and just ready to get back into it,” Warner further described.
“It would be wrong for me to say I wasn’t emotional. I texted my wife and said ‘look I can’t get the smile off my face’. Because it’s my second family, it was literally overwhelming because I’m back where I feel like I’m at home.
In fact, Warner will know that his performance in the IPL will play a key role in getting him a ticket for Australia’s World Cup squad. Warner has been a top batsman and he would like to deliver the goods for the side.
“I was just so thankful and grateful for the support the Sunrisers family and chairman and his wife and daughter showed to me in the past 12 months and I’ll forever be grateful for that. The whole entire team was sending me nice messages and I was on group chat throughout the tournament last year as well. I was very thankful to be a part of that because I felt like I was there when I was watching it,” Warner said.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad will pull up the curtains in the IPL when they will play their opener against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on 24th March.