Kane Williamson has been appointed as the new captain of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season in 2021. In the first six games of the season, SRH was led by David Warner. They have had a poor start to the tournament, having lost five of their first six games. “SunRisers Hyderabad would like to declare that Kane Williamson would be captaining the team for tomorrow’s match and the rest of the IPL 2021,” SRH said in a statement on Saturday.
The next match for SRH is on Sunday in Delhi against Rajasthan Royals.
“The team management has also decided to change their overseas combination for tomorrow’s match against Rajasthan Royals,” according to the statement.
“The decision was not made lightly, as the management recognises David Warner’s significant contribution to the franchise over the years. When we go on for the rest of the season, we are confident that David can assist us in achieving results both on and off the field.”
Aside from the team’s fortunes, Warner’s batsmanship hasn’t inspired trust – the left-handed opening batsman has scored 193 runs in six games at a low strike rate of 110.28.
He confessed to making a sluggish half-century against Chennai Super Kings in SRH’s last match, a 55-ball 57, which CSK eventually took by seven wickets.
SRH reached 171 for 3 thanks to Warner’s 57, Manish Pandey’s 46-ball 61, and Kane Williamson’s 10-ball 26, but it was just par on a supportive Delhi wicket, as CSK chased down the target in 18.3 overs.
“I accept full responsibility for my batting performance. After the game, Warner said, “I batted slowly and hit the fielders.”
“Manish’s batting performance was outstanding. Kane and Kedar (Jadhav, who made 12 off 4) got us to a decent number, but I take full responsibility at the end of the day.
“There are probably 15 decent shots to fielders, and they make or break the innings.” “I took so many balls at the end of the day,” he admitted.