Warner Future Unclear as Roy Leads Sunrisers to Triumph

Warner Future Unclear as Roy Leads Sunrisers to Triumph Photo: TT
Australia's David Warner celebrates after scoring a hundred

David Warner’s future with the Sunrisers Hyderabad is up in the air after he was dropped for Monday’s shock seven-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

Warner, who was replaced as Sunrisers captain by Kane Williamson earlier this year, has struggled in the 2021 IPL, managing scores of 0 and 2 since the resumption earlier this month, while the side are effectively out of finals contention.

The 34-year-old Australian opener was replaced in the side for Monday’s game by Jason Roy who produced a Player of the Match knock of 60 from 42 balls.

Warner was not even at the venue, prompting questions about his future, as well as a curious post from him on Instagram, where he suggested he was done for the season.

Sunrisers coach Trevor Bayliss said: “That certainly has not been discussed. This is the last year before a major auction.

“Those decisions will be made further down the line. He has been a great contributor to Hyderabad for a number for a number of years now.

“He is very well respected with the amount of runs he has scored. I am sure he has got a lot more runs in him yet in the IPL.”

Bayliss explained that Sunrisers’ position at 1-8 coming into the game prompted them to give more youth a chance, including bringing along players to be part of the permitted 18-man squad per game, leaving Warner at the team hotel.

Rajasthan had managed 164-5 from their 20 overs led by Sanju Samson’s 82 from 57 balls, but Hyderabad responded brilliantly, chasing down the target with nine balls to spare.

Roy provided an excellent platform with his knock, while Williamson finished the job with 51 from 41 balls.

Williamson said: “Roy is an injection of energy. He’s been on the sidelines but was always ready to go. He did what he does, great to see. Fantastic player, great contribution.”

Ben somerford
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