IPL 2021 updates : On Saturday, Sunrisers Hyderabad announced that Kane Williamson will take over the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captaincy from David Warner. He will be the captain for the remainder of IPL 2021.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Chennai Super Kings in their previous match. The decision of handing over the captaincy to Williamson came a day after Warner said he took ” full responsibility of their loss against Chennai Super Kings. It was their fifth defeat in six games.
Although Warner scored a half-century, but it was clearly seen that he was struggling to score boundaries in that match, unhappy with both his timing and the way he kept finding the Super Kings fielders instead of the gaps. He scored 57 runs of 55 balls. His strike rate was very poor. Sunrisers somehow made it to 171 for 3 thanks to a fifty from Manish Pandey as well and some clever finishing from Williamson (26 off 10).
“I take full responsibility. The way that I batted was obviously very slow,”. “I was hitting a lot of fielders and very, very frustrated… Look I take full responsibility from a batting point of view. I felt Manish coming back into the team, the way that he batted was exceptional. And obviously Kane and Kedar towards the back end there, they put some boundaries away and got us to a respectable total. I felt that we were probably just below par from where we were. But yeah look, at the end of the day, I’ll take full responsibility.”
Warner said in the post match conference.
Another reason of removing David Warner from the spot of captaincy was the omission of Manish Pandey from the starting XI. It was described as a “harsh” call by the “selectors”.
The franchise has also announced there will be a change in their overseas combination for the match against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
Kane Williamson was the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 season when David Warner was facing ban from the IPL for his involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. Williamson was the highest scorer in that season with a tally of 735 in 17 matches and led the team to its second IPL final in history. They lost to Chennai Super Kings in the final. Overall, Williamson’s captaincy record in the IPL reads 14 wins and 12 losses in 26 matches.