Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at SunRisers Hyderbad management for removing David Warner as the skipper midway through the IPL 2021. The Australian opener had led SRH to glory in 2016 and Warner had single-handedly taken them to the final. He also won the Orange Cap thrice in SRH jersey.
However, owing to Warner’s poor form with the bat as well as a leader, the management sacked him as a skipper and appointed Kane Williamson as the new skipper. Moreover, the southpaw even got dropped from the playing XI and this took the cricket world to a storm. Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who was a part of the commentary panel, was not amused with the way Warner was treated and also questioned SRH’s strategy.
‘If the captains can be changed midway, why can’t the coaches?’
“Hyderabad will also get time to think about its decision to not just sack David Warner as the captain but even to drop him from the playing XI. Warner was getting runs but not in the same assertive manner of earlier years. Still, with little support from the others, those runs were precious. Yet, he was left out of the playing XI, which was strange. Without the cares of captaincy, he could have been the galvanizing batsman that the team needed,” Gavaskar wrote in Sportstar.
Moreover, he also stated that if the captains can change midway, then why can’t the coaches be changed. “While the rights and wrongs of dropping him as captain could well be debated for long, the question that needs to be asked is if captains can be changed midway, why can’t coaches be treated the same? In football, the moment a team starts faltering, it’s the manager who is shown the exit door, so why not in cricket too?” he added.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad had a forgettable beginning and would have been relieved that the event had to be suspended. The suspension could well be a blessing in disguise as it allows time for a calm, cool and proper introspection rather than in the hurly-burly of the tournament itself,” he said.