Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will receive a massive boost with the return of David Warner from suspension. With Shikhar Dhawan changing his base, Warner will take up the opener’s role once again. Admitting the presence of the Aussies cricketer, all-rounder Deepak Hooda said that the side feels confident if Warner is around.
Meanwhile, Warner missed IPL 2018 due to the one-year suspension levied by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. His ban ends on March 28, and the devastating southpaw is back to showcase his power. Sunrisers Hyderabad who finished one step behind lifting the trophy will be desperate to go all the way this time. They have a strong line-up, and with the addition of David Warner, Hyderabad will be well in contention for the trophy.
For Warner, the upcoming games will be very crucial as he will aim to use this platform to set his international return. Warner along with Steven Smith in all likelihood will be in the Australia squad for the World Cup. Young all-rounder Deepak Hooda, speaking to indiatoday.in, said the entire Sunrisers camp feels more confident with David Warner returning to the side. Hooda also adds that Warner is an inspiration and inclusion of players of his stature lifts the morale of the team.
“David Warner, obviously, has always been an inspiration for the team. His attitude has always been to lead from the front. The whole team enjoys with him and feels more confident. When an international player of his stature comes into the team it boosts the morale of the rest of the players as well,” Hooda said.
Williamson is outstanding: Hooda
Deepak Hooda also spoke highly of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, who took up the role in the absence of David Warner. Hooda pointed out that Williamson’s ability to work with the bowlers during pressure situations worked wonders for Sunrisers last season.
“Kane Williamson, as well all know, is one of the best captains at the international level as well, he leads the New Zealand team,” Hooda said. “Even last year we played the final under him. He spoke to the bowlers constantly, guided them in the death overs and made the correct field changes. All these small things matter a lot,” he concluded.