David Warner’s time in the IPL this season could be over after he was dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad, just months after being stripped as captain of the team.
Warner is one of the biggest names in the IPL, especially at a time when a number of players opted not to return to complete the season following its suspension earlier this year.
However, he was left out of the team altogether on Monday – the second time it has happened this season – as Hyderabad thrashed Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets thanks to half centuries from Jason Roy and Kane Williamson, the man who replaced Warner as captain.
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Warner played the first two games of the IPL’s return in the UAE before being dropped, but he paid the price after suffering a duck in the first and managing just two in the second as Hyderabad lost back-to-back games.
The 34-year-old is now unlikely to play for the franchise again, with Sunrisers coach Trevor Bayliss explaining that Warner and other more senior members of the squad had been left out to give an opportunity to younger stars, now there is no chance of making the playoffs.
“We’ve got a lot of young players here, and for this match we decided obviously we’re going to make a few changes in the team,” he said.
“But to give some of the young players who haven’t been a part of the 18 and we had to bring them to the game, give them the opportunity to come along and experience a game.”
Roy scored 60 after coming in to replace Warner and the Aussie dropped a hint that he would not now get his place back.
In an Instagram post from the Sunrisers, one fan responded asking, “Is Warner in the Stadium… we didn’t spot him?!” to which Warner himself replied, “unfortunately won’t be again but keep supporting please”.