David Warner who is yet to get back to his form was removed from captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad during the first phase of IPL 2021. Kane Williamson replaced him. Both being senior members of the team must have dealt with the situation well, but a few experts have different takes on the issue.
Being Dropped from Captaincy Is Big
IPL 2021 had a fresh start on September 19; currently the Hyderabad team is playing their first match of the second leg against Delhi Capitals. Warner who had been a three-time Orange Cap winner has been dealing with off form for a quite sometime and today has not been any exception. On the other hand, he was axed from captaincy at that start of the season. Kevin Pietersen believes it is big thing to be dropped from captaincy.
He said, “They are very different, and opposites normally attract right? I don’t know if there are any issues within the team environment. I don’t know how he was dropped or what was said to him. It’s quite a big thing being demoted from captaincy, player out of the team. That’s a fairly dismissive role there.”
Sunil Gavaskar in the same show of Star Sports opined, “If you are a former captain. If you have been deposed as captain, you are going to go out and try your hardest because if you have been left out as captain, then you could easily be left out as player if you don’t perform.”
Warner to Return to Form
But both believe this would help Warner score tons of runs. Pietersen said, “And when he (Warner) has his back against the wall, let me tell you, he is going to run his singles faster than he ever has; he’s going to push twos quicker, when he gets the opportunity to hit something short and wide, he is going to give it a right good glue.”
Gavaskar said, “This particular thought process is an arcade thought process; ‘he has been left out as captain so he is going to damage the team. He is not going to damage the team; he is actually going to go out and prove that the decision that was made wrong. And how do you do that? By scoring tons of runs, or picking up heaps of wickets. So I don’t think there is going to be any issue at all.”