In March 2018, a very shocking incident took place within the Australian team that shook the whole world. It was during the 3rd Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town, where three Australian players Cameron Bancroft, skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner was found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith and David Warner were removed from their positions on immediate effect and also served a one-year ban, while Cameron Bancroft.
To some extent, it was also clear that Warner would never reappear to a leadership position for his international team. The left-handed batsman was barred from participating in IPL and also removed as captain for the franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
In 2019, Warner returned to play for SRH with retaliation and he astounded the world with his consistent performances. He scored 692 runs in only 12 games, as he also earned the Orange Cap for the season by making the most runs throughout the IPL. Now, since the IPL is approaching, Warner has been named the captain of SRH for the 13th season of the T20 league.
On this announcement, the swashbuckling opener talked about him being retitled as the captain of the franchise team SRH.
“I don’t see it as a redemption tale, I just see it as an honour to captain the Sunrisers in the IPL. I’ve got a great relationship with the players and the staff and most importantly with the owners, and I’ve expressed my gratitude and I thank them for that,” Warner told reporters according to ESPNCricinfo.
“I’ll put my thinking cap on and try my best to move us forward to another IPL title,” he added.
“Obviously Kane and Bhuvi (Bhuvaneshwar 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 opener said.
“The environment the owners have created amongst the players and staff. It’s great to be back and leading. 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, nothing different,” he added.
“I still considered myself a leader when I was there last year, as I said it doesn’t matter if you have a ‘c’ next to your name or not,” Warner signed off.