IPL 2021: David Warner Admits Decision To Drop Manish Pandey From SRH Playing XI Was A "Harsh Call"

IPL 2021: David Warner Admits Decision To Drop Manish Pandey From SRH Playing XI Was A “Harsh Call”

Manish Pandey BCCI / Sportzpics
Manish Pandey BCCI / Sportzpics

David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper said dropping Manish Pandey from the playing XI was a “harsh call” following a heart-wrenching loss against Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 through the Super Over.

Manish Pandey was dropped from the XI after the right-handed batsman didn’t fire as per expectations but had managed 101 runs in 3 games. However, David Warner backed youngster Virat Singh, who scored 4 off 14 balls against Delhi Capitals.

David Warner (SRH)
David Warner (SRH)

David Warner: Dropping Manish Pandey Was A Harsh Call Taken By Selectors

Manish Pandey who is the first Indian to score a ton in IPL was acquired by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a sum of 11 crores which made him their most expensive buy in the 2018 IPL Player Auction and the Sunrisers instilled faith in him by retaining him for 2019, 2020 and 2021 edition too.

In 2020, he scored 425 runs in 16 games averaging around 32, and in IPL 2021, he has amassed 101 runs in 3 games averaging 50.5 but the strike rate of 112.22 didn’t see him guarantee his place in the team’s XI against Delhi Capitals.

“It depends on the selectors, it was a harsh call as per my opinion (on leaving out Manish Pandey). But at the end of the day, it is a decision that they took and you cannot discredit Virat. He’s a very good player and the surface was difficult,” Warner told host broadcaster Star Sports.

Manish Pandey AFP
Manish Pandey AFP

Prithvi Shaw and Kane Williamson top-scored for their respective sides but the contest turned out to be a nail-biter and it was DC, who eventually emerged victorious in a close contest. Chasing a target of 160, SRH openers – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – got off to a watchful start, scoring 10 in the first two overs.

SRH ended the powerplay with a total of 56/2 losing both the openers. Virat Singh joined Kane Williamson as SRH added only 8 runs in the next two overs. SRH managed to reach 80/2 at the 10-over mark.

The pressure was building on SRH as they required 43 off the final four overs and Axar Patel struck twice in consecutive deliveries in the 17th over.

With 16 runs required off the final over, Jagadeesha Suchith came to the rescue for SRH and hit Kagiso Rabada for a four and a six in a thrilling finish to the game. With 2 runs required off the final delivery, the match was tied and went to a Super Over.

David Warner Praised Bowlers Who Came Back After The Powerplay

Kane Williamson played an unbeaten knock of 66 runs but ran out of partners at the other end. However, a 14-run cameo from Jagadeesha Suchith took the match into a Super Over here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday evening. In the end, Delhi Capitals managed to chase eight runs in the Super Over to win the match.

“It has been a tough one. The way our bowlers came back after the powerplay was fantastic. We knew on this surface if you got off to a flier, it is always going to be tough in the middle, the bowlers executed well,” said David Warner.

“I thought Vijay, who is not one of our strike bowlers, bowled fantastically. We could have bowled him an extra one, that’s the handiness of having him in the middle but the bowlers got us to a good total to chase.

“Obviously Jonny (Bairstow) at the top of the order and Kane taking it deep, we couldn’t bat well in the middle overs,” he stressed.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

David Warner was run out as SRH began the chase and the skipper only managed six runs off eight balls.

“They bowled well in the middle and made it challenging for us. If you hit the ball to a world-class fielder, you are going to get run out nine times out of 10,” Warner said.

SRH is at the seventh spot in the points table with just two points from five matches. They will next take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 159/4 (Prithvi Shaw 53, Rishabh Pant 37; Siddarth Kaul 2/31) tied Sunrisers Hyderabad 159/7 (Kane Williamson 66*, Jonny Bairstow 38; Avesh Khan 3/34)

Super Over: Delhi Capitals 8/0 beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 7/0