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28 Oct 2021
Seeking a "fresh start” in his Indian Premier League career, former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has confirmed he will put his name in the mega auction scheduled before the next edition of the tournament.
He said that the development in the recently-concluded edition was indicative of his place in the Sunrisers side and they are unlikely to retain him which is why he is seeking a fresh start.
"I will put my name in the auction," he confirmed to the SEN radio station. "By the signs of the recent IPL, I won't be retained by the Sunrisers, so I'm looking forward to a fresh start."
Notably, Warner was stripped of the captaincy of Sunriers midway through the 14th edition of the tournament after a string of low scores and visible signs of poor form with the bat. Warner said that the removal from captaincy was a “tough pill of swallow” for him and the reasons given to him were laughable.
"It was a tough pill to swallow," Warner told a morning show on Australian radio station SEN, on Thursday.
"I kind of laughed at the reasoning, that two guys were hitting the ball out of the middle a little bit better than I was. Given that when you're playing the game you're playing the scenario…," he said.
However, Warner said that he accepted the change and development as a professional athlete and hence he carried on with the side on the sidelines and sometimes away from the ground as well.
"Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts around there. What you have to do as a professional athlete is take it on the chin do everything you can for the team. Not being able to go there, run drinks, and be around was when it sort of hit home that it could be personal, and I'm still yet to get those answers."
Warner took over the reins of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the year 2015 and led them to the championship in the next edition defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has been an IPL legend with the bat and before the 14th edition, he piled on more than 500 runs in six consecutive seasons of the tournament.