Warner’s controversial captaincy gig

Australia opener David Warner will return as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League, two years after he was replaced because of the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner takes back the reins from New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who led Hyderabad for two seasons after Warner earned a one-year international ban in 2018.

Williamson led the Sunrisers to the IPL final in 2018, where they lost to Chennai Super Kings. He was the Twenty20 tournament’s leading batsman with 735 runs.

But Warner’s return to the top of the order in last year’s edition — where he topped the batting chart with 692 runs including eight fifties and a century in 12 innings — coincided with a disappointing season for the Kiwi.

Williamson made just 156 runs from nine innings at an average of 22, perhaps prompting Sunrisers to hand back the top job to a man who captained them to their only IPL title in 2016.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity once again to lead the team,” Warner said in a video posted by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“I am sure I will be doing my very, very best to try and lift the IPL trophy coming this year,” he added.

Williamson may struggle to hold his place in the team now because each team can only have four foreigners.

It was rather like an open secret that David Warner would return as captain of @SunRisers. He is much loved there, as indeed is Kane Williamson. I suspect it has to do with being guaranteed a spot in the starting eleven with Warner, Bairstow and Rashid taking 3 out of 4

[email protected] have reappointed David Warner as their captain, replacing Kane Williamson. Warner has won them the title and that means SRH's four foreigners are likely to be: Warner, Rashid, Barstow and Marsh/Allen

Sunrisers’ Twitter post did receive some negative replies by people claiming to be fans.

I am fan of SRH because of Williamson now williamson wont captain and now he wont even play ….and you gave captaincy to cheater like warner instead of williamson hate you SRH

Australia teammates Warner and Steve Smith, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals, stepped down from their captaincy roles in the lucrative league and were barred from the 2018 edition over the ‘Sandpapergate’ scandal during a Test against South Africa.

This week, Smith was also given a leadership role as he was announced the inaugural skipper of the Welsh Fire in England’s Hundred competition.

Sunrisers ended fourth on the points table last year after going down to Delhi Capitals in the eliminator.

Warner and Smith served one-year bans for their role in the ball-tampering saga, before returning to international cricket ahead of last year’s 50-over World Cup.

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