IPL 2021: Steyn makes an honest statement after SRH drop Warner against RR
Australian international David Warner has been stripped of SRH captaincy and Kane Williamson was given the baton to lead the Sunrisers. Shockingly, the SRH team management dropped their former captain Warner from the playing XI and they added Mohammad Nabi to the team.
Fans were of the opinion that SRH made a big mistake by sacking Warner as captain. Kane Williamson’s side succumbed to a 55-run defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals. Earlier, RR batted first and posted 220/3 in their quota of 20 overs.
Jos Buttler scored his maiden IPL century and went on to score 124 off 64 balls including 11 boundaries and 8 sixes. In response, the Sunrisers badly missed the services of Warner in the run-chase. SRH could score 165/8 in 20 overs.
Meanwhile, Proteas pacer came up with an honest statement after SRH dropped Warner against RR. Steyn said he was surprised after SRH dropped Warner from the team altogether. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, the legendary Proteas pacer said
“It’s strange that he isn’t a part of the playing eleven. It’s understandable if they want to change ownership of captaincy for next season, and keep Kane there. But David is still a phenomenal batter and I would still keep him in the eleven. But this might be the last time we see Warner in the Orange Army,” he said.
It is worth mentioning here that Warner is the highest run-scorer for SRH in IPL history. The southpaw aggregated 5447 runs for the franchise since 2014. SRH opener also won the Orange Cap a record three times in 2015, 2017 and 2019 season respectively.
More importantly, Warner led his team to the maiden IPL title triumph in the IPL 2016 season. Despite not playing well with the bat in the ongoing campaign, Warner still managed to garner 193 runs in six innings, which is the joint second-most run-scorer for Sunrisers this season.
Although SRH director of cricket Tom Moody had insisted that Warner’s exclusion was mainly due to cricketing reasons, Steyn reckoned if Moody’s remarks had come back to haunt him.
“I don’t know if David Warner may have questioned some of the decisions, maybe when Manish Pandey was left out. Sometimes, the management doesn’t appreciate that, I guess.
The captain of the team also needs to take ownership of his squad and who’s going out on the field. Seems like there’s definitely something happening behind closed doors that the public is not aware of,” concluded Dale Steyn.