Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday announced that Kane Williamson will be their new captain for the remainder of Indian Premier League 2021 replacing David Warner. In an official statement, the franchise also announced that there will be a change in the overseas combination of players in their next game against Rajasthan Royals to be played on May 2.
The franchise said that the decision to replace Warner wasn’t an easy one as the management respects the enormous impact that David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years. The SRH team management said SRH will next take on Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, where the team management might tinker with overseas picks and give Jason Holder a go-ahead in place of Warner. David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field. Warner had led the Hyderabad outfit to the play-offs last season.
This will not be the first time the Kiwi skipper will be taking over the reins of SRH. In the absence of Warner due to the ban for ball-tampering, Williamson led SRH to the final of IPL 2018 where they lost to Chennai Super Kings.
Having won just one game so far, the SRH is languishing at the bottom of the points table. The Sunrisers are currently at the bottom of the points table with just one win from six games.
In the first few games, Williamson was not fit to play but he has returned to the side and has been performing with 108 runs from three games including an unbeaten 66 to help SRH get the match into super over. On the other hand, Warner has struggled with his strike rate as he scored 193 runs from six games including two half-centuries with a strike rate of 110.29.
SRH has an option to pick in-form English opener Jason Roy or West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder in place of David Warner.