Former England cricketer Graeme Swann feels that David Warner paid the price for his comments, which eventually led to him being axed of the captaincy of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2021.
Ahead of their IPL 14 encounter against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) stripped off David Warner as their skipper and handed Kane Williamson the leadership of the team. If this was not enough, the southpaw was dropped from the team’s playing XI as well.
Earlier, despite the handful of contributions, Manish Pandey was dropped from the SRH’s playing XI. When asked why he was dropped for the matches against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC), David Warner said that it was a harsh call.
"It was a harsh call in my opinion. But at the end of the day, it is a decision of the selectors to do that," David Warner said during the post-match presentation.
While talking on Star Sports pre-match show, former England cricketer Graeme Swann said that SRH camp has sent a 'message' and a 'punishment' to David Warner for blaming the selectors for dropping Manish Pandey.
"It seems like a message has been given to David Warner after that press conference where he passed the buck that this is not my decision but the selectors'. Someone's not happy about it, and unhappy enough to get rid of him as the skipper and drop him from the team. It looks like punishment to me more than anything," Graeme Swann told Star Sports.
The decision to sack David Warner from the captaincy and make Kane Williamson the new face of Hyderabad based franchise failed to make an immediate impact as SRH suffered a 55-run thumping against the Rajasthan Royals (RR)
(Star Sports inputs)