Sunrisers Hyderabad were dealt with a huge blow ahead of the Indian Premier League this season when David Warner was banned from the tournament for a year following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March this year.
David Warner had led SRH to victory in 2016 in just his second season as captain and took them to the play-offs last year with him finishing as their highest run-getter in both seasons.
But Warner had to miss out on the IPL this season after being banned by Cricket Australia for a year along with Steve Smith after they were found guilty of ball tampering in the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, the third player in question, was banned for 9 months.
The IPL Governing Council as a result, also had to ban Warner and Smith for this season. Both were supposed to lead their respective teams but couldn’t due to the ban.
Warner, often criticised for his brash and aggressive attitude on the field, has a huge fan following in India despite his reputation in international cricket. Which is why millions were left heartbroken when he was banned from the IPL.
Team mentor VVS Laxman’s kids were among those who were immensely disappointed with Warner missing out.
The former India cricketer recently revealed that his son, Sarvajit (11), and daughter, Achinthya (9), broke down when they read about Warner’s ban in the newspaper.
“Both of them are hardcore SRH fans. When we lose they are literally in tears. What really surprises me is the kind of knowledge Achinthya has. In such a short span of time, she knows the statistics of each and every IPL player.
“When her friends come home for a play-date the way she, with authority, talks about the game like an expert. Both my kids are big David Warner fans and they know his importance in the team. The moment they got up in the morning and saw the headlines [David Warner’s ban] they started weeping. And I was surprised and I told them it’s okay,” Laxman revealed on Gaurav Kapur’s popular chat show Breakfast with Champions.
“Also they were so disappointed when we lost to CSK (in qualifier 1). Faf (du Plessis) played a brilliant knock and it was such a close game. That’s the connect that they have got with SRH,” Laxman said.
Laxman then went on to state that David Warner is one of the most misunderstood cricketers in the world and is sure that he will bounce back stronger.
“David Warner has an X-factor even when he plays for Australia. When the pay-dispute happened between Australian players and the cricket board, the one guy who stood for the entire team was Warner. He’s always been someone who has been the face of the players.
“He’s definitely misunderstood. Warner is a soldier, he does everything possible for the team. I’ve seen him at Sunrisers the way he used to interact with all the Indian uncapped players. People used to be scared of him initially. People from other franchises used to come and tell us that we made a big mistake by picking him.
“But we have been pleasantly surprised and he’s been remarkable. That is why we gave him the captaincy. It will be interesting to see how he comes back. I have got no doubt that he will bounce back stronger,” Laxman said.
News credit : Indiatoday