Ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad has reinstated Australian left-handed batsman David Warner as their captain. After missing the 2018 IPL season due to one-year ban, the star batsman returned with a bang as he smashed 692 runs at an average of 69.2 in 12 matches in last year’s IPL.
David Warner has been the pillar of SRH’s success in IPL so far. Back in 2016, David Warner led the Hyderabad franchise to their maiden IPL and only title win. After the absence of Warner in 2018 season, the SRH management has handed over the captaincy to Kane Williamson from the last two seasons.
However, a strong performance in 2019 IPL has again opened the gate of captaincy for Warner. After the outstanding performance in IPL 2019, the left-handed batsman also secured his birth in the national team for 2019 ODI World Cup.
Now, when the IPL 2020 is on horizon the 33-year old opened up on his reinstatement as SRH captain. “(I) don’t see it as a redemption tale; I just see it as an honour to captain the Sunrisers in the IPL. I have a great relationship with the players and the staff and most importantly with the owners, and I have expressed my gratitude and I thank them for that. I’ll put my thinking cap on and try my best to move us forward to another IPL title.“
In the two years after the ban, SRH had appointed Kane Williamson as captain with Bhuvi nominated as his deputy. However, as the things has panned out, it seems like- the return of Warner– was the only thing SRH were waiting for.
“Obviously Kane and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) did a fantastic job without me there. And we’ve got a very, very good foundation there, we’ve got a great family. The environment the owners have created amongst the players and staff. It is great to be back and leading. Having Kane there adds so much value and knowledge of the way the game is played as well.
Similarly, we rebound off each other with our ideas quite well. And obviously playing against him – it helps when you are leading a team. But from where I sit, nothing different. I still considered myself a leader when I was there last year, as I said it doesn’t matter if you have a ‘c’ next to your name or not,” Warner was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz on Tuesday.