Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Trevor Bayliss on Sunday gave a big statement about David Warner.
He said that it was a “difficult decision” to drop a veteran player like David Warner from the playing XI against Rajasthan Royals but the management was forced to try out a few different combination to get back winning zone in the ongoing IPL. Notably, Warner was dropped, a day after being removed from captaincy.
Under his leadership, SRH managed to win only one game out of their six games. Even, the experienced Australian payer himself has been going through a rough patch which led to Kane Williamson being handed the responsibility as well.
“It was very difficult (to drop Warner from playing XI). He’s a guy who has had so much success for the team but that’s the way we wanted to go, try and get a different combination working for us,” Bayliss said at the post-match conference after they faced yet another loss against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi. “Like any player who gets dropped, he (Warner) was disappointed. If you saw tonight, he was running around as 12th man doing as much as he could for the team. He has been good, talking with Kane and some of the other players, giving them advice.”
“Very challenging without David as a player” – Trevor Bayliss on David Warner
“Very challenging without David as a player, a new captain. I don’t think there’ll be too much of problem as Kane has been captain of the team before in the last 2 or 3 years, he’s an experienced captain captaining New Zealand. We just didn’t play very well tonight and one guy played extremely well,” he claimed.
However, while talking about the match, Bayliss said that Rashid Khan was brought into attack in the powerplay to dismiss Jos Buttler early. But he eventually failed and the English player went to score his maiden IPL hundred as well.
“Rashid is our best performing bowler and he had a decent record against Jos Buttler in the past so we thought we’d bowl him fairly early to try and get Jos out before he gets going. Obviously, a very flat wicket. And Kane decided to try and keep going to get him out. Unfortunately, it didn’t work tonight that’s the way the game goes sometimes,” he said.
SRH lost the game by 55 runs. They will next take on Mumbai Indians on May 04 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.