David Warner talks about Kane Williamson’s value: The Australian batsman opened up on once again being named the captain of his IPL franchise.
Australia batsman David Warner is all set to once again captain his Indian Premier League franchise in SunRisers Hdyerabad in the forthcoming 13th season of the cash-rich league.
Warner, who had led Hyderabad to IPL title in 2016, had stepped down as captain after his involvement in the Cape Town Ball Tampering Scandal in 2018. Having played the last season as a specialist batsman under Kane Williamson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Warner doesn’t consider the option to lead SRH again as any “redemption tale”.
“I don’t see it as a redemption tale, I just see it as an honour to captain the Sunrisers. I’ve got a great relationship with the players and the staff and most importantly with the owners, and I’ve expressed my gratitude to that and I thank them for that. I’ll put my thinking cap on and try my best to move us forward to another IPL title,” Warner said in a press interaction on Tuesday.
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David Warner talks about Kane Williamson’s value at SRH
Warner, who will represent SunRisers for the sixth time in the IPL, has scored 3,271 runs in 72 T20s for them at an astounding average and strike rate of 55.44 and 146.88. The southpaw has scored two centuries and 34 half-centuries for the franchise at the top of the order.
“Obviously Kane [Williamson] and Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] did a fantastic job without me there. And we’ve got a very, very good foundation there, we’ve got a great family – the environment the owners have created amongst the players and staff. It’s great to be back and leading, but I’ve always said in that team that everyone is a leader in their own right,” Warner said.
Handing over the reigns to Warner might sound a bit unfair on Williamson for some people but the nature of the format is such that harsh decisions ought to be taken. Warner, however, hailed Williamson’s presence in the SRH dressing room.
“Having Kane there adds so much value and knowledge of the way the game is played as well. Similarly, we rebound off each other with our ideas quite well. And obviously playing against him, it helps when you are leading a team.
“But from where I sit, [there’s] nothing different. I still considered myself a leader when I was there last year. It doesn’t matter if you have a ‘C’ next to your name or not, you’re a leader in your own right,” Warner added.