Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) assistant coach Brad Haddin has opened up how David Warner responded to his captaincy demotion.
He said that David Warner faced it with ‘class’ and came back the next day normally. However, the Former Aussie wicket-keeper-batsman is the first member to reveal the mental state of the swashbuckling batsman.
“He took it with class. It was a bit of a shock to everyone. Management decided to go in a different direction to try to spark something within the team. We weren’t playing to the standard we needed to. With Davey, the way he handled it was all class. He just got on back with the job,” Haddin (while he was asked about Warner’s reaction) was quoted as saying by Fox Cricket.
“I dare say he would have come back in contention in the next few games. He is one of the best in the world in that form of the game. You only had to look at the way he reacted when he came onto the bench. He was around everyone, running the drinks out. He was still really vocal in the meetings. He handled a difficult situation with a lot of class,” Haddin further added.
David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title
However, it is also noteworthy that, SRH removed David Warner from the captaincy after he failed to lead the team to victories. In his place, Kane Williamson came in for the rest of the season but it got postponed after several players got affected by the COVID-19 in the bio-bubbles in different cities.
However, SRH shared an official statement on their social media handles. The statement read, “This decision has not come lightly as the management respects the enormous impact David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years. As we face the remainder of the season we are sure David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field.”
Meanwhile, the change in leadership didn’t change their fortune as they lost their game under Williamson and finished at the bottom of the points table when IPL was called off due to global pandemic as well.