David Warner, an Australian cricketer, will no longer play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. The team did not include their former captain on their list of players to keep. For the upcoming edition of the tournament, SRH has kept Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik.
Warner is SRH’s most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League’s history. In all of the IPL’s years, no other batsman has scored more runs for the franchise than Warner. SRH won their first IPL title under his guidance in 2016. Warner wrecked havoc that season, scoring 848 runs at an average of 60.57 in 17 matches. During the event, Warner scored nine half-centuries.
SRH has been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL since its inception. Last year, though, they had a disappointing season, finishing last in the standings. David Warner was removed of his leadership and then dropped from the playing XI midway through the season. Warner is expected to be auctioned off ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions. On that topic, let’s take a look at three teams that could be interested in acquiring David Warner at the upcoming auctions.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli has stepped down as RCB captain, having previously stated that he will not be leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore next year. AB de Villiers, meanwhile, just announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and M Siraj have all been retained by RCB ahead of the 2019 edition of the event.
RCB will be eager to acquire a world-class cricketer to improve their batting department now that AB de Villiers is out of the team. In addition, the franchise will be on the lookout for a new head coach for next season. Both problems might be solved by adding David Warner to the team. Warner is a destructive top-order batsman as well as a successful IPL skipper. At the auctions, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will keep a close eye on him.
2. Punjab Kings
KL Rahul has opted to leave Punjab Kings for the next edition of the competition after four seasons with the team. Over the years, KL Rahul has been the star batsman for Punjab Kings. Since his debut, he has consistently led the franchise in scoring in all seasons. Despite KL Rahul’s contributions with the bat, Punjab finished in the bottom part of the standings.
Punjab Kings will be led by a new captain ahead of the upcoming edition of the league. Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh have been retained for the IPL 2022 season. It’s unclear who will open opposite Mayank Agarwal in the next edition. David Warner has been a consistent opener in the IPL, and he and Mayank Agarwal might form a formidable opening partnership. He could possibly be the Punjab Kings’ next captain in the 2022 edition of the championship.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders staged an incredible comeback in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE, led by Eoin Morgan. After the first half of the tournament, KKR was ranked number seven on the standings. The franchise went on to win the championship after a spectacular turnaround. If KKR had not lost to CSK in the final, they would have won the title.
KKR have kept a roster of four players for the upcoming edition. Eoin Morgan, on the other hand, does not appear on the list. In addition, the franchise has released Shubman Gill. Their four retained players are unlikely to lead the squad, hence the team will need to find a new captain. David Warner could be someone on whom KKR bets.
In the next edition of the event, the Australian might head the franchise and open the batting alongside Venkatesh Iyer.