Sunrisers Hyderabad assistant coach Brad Haddin believes the decision to drop David Warner from the playing XI during the Indian Premier League had nothing to do with cricketing matters. Warner, who led Sunrisers to their only IPL title in 2016, was stripped of the captaincy in May while he was dropped from the playing XI during the second leg of the lucrative T20 tournament in the UAE. The left-handed batsman, however, made a spectacular comeback in the T20 World Cup 2021 and was adjudged the best player of the tournament. Warner played important innings in the semi-finals and final. The 35-year-old Warner, who failed to score runs in Australia’s warm-up matches, managed to find his momentum in the main tournament. He scored a total of 289 runs in the tournament including a half-century in the final against New Zealand.
Haddin said on ‘Grade Cricketers Podcast’, ‘I can tell you that it was not a cricket decision that he would not play (for Sunrisers Hyderabad). I think one thing you have to realize with David is that he was not in bad form, he lacked match practice. After the IPL was suspended in the middle of the tournament in May, Warner chose not to tour Australia’s Bangladesh and West Indies tours and went into the second leg of the IPL without playing any matches.
Haddin said, ‘The break was too long, he didn’t go to Bangladesh or West Indies. But he had landed with a very good mindset. He was hitting the ball well, the situation was not under our control. But it didn’t happen because he was going through poor form. He just needed to spend some time in the match, he was hitting the ball very well. He had to spend some time at the crease to regain his momentum.