Sunrisers Hyderabad’s top batsman David Warner have left for Australia to prepare for 2019 World Cup. During his stay in IPL 2019, Warner smashed 692 runs which included 8 fifties and 1 century.
In his last match in IPL 2019, Warner scored 81 against Kings XI Punjab. Now SRH are forced to find the replacement of the 32-year-old batsman. SRH will next face Mumbai Indians in the league game.
MI still needs one win from their remaining games to ensure playoffs spot. SRH coach Tom Moody has revealed in a press conference which batsman will replace David Warner.
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Martin Guptill or Billy Stanlake?
“David has had a remarkable series. 692 runs in 12 games is something he should be very proud of. The bottom line from our point of view is how it affects the team and creates an opportunity. We were faced with the same situation last season. We did not have David Warner. We played the final (against eventual champions Chennai Super Kings),” Moody was quoted as saying by India Today.
Warner had come to IPL 2019 to prove that he hasn’t finished at all. This is because he was banned for an entire year due to sandpapergate incident. Recently he was named in the Australian World Cup squad along with Steve Smith.
When Warner was absent in IPL 2018, SRH was captained by Kane Williamson. He rose to the occasion and became the highest run-getter in the previous season. Moody also spoke about that phase of the team.
“We saw Kane Williamson last season had a remarkable season himself. So, we are going to miss David. But I look at the positive sides. What it does is, gives us an opportunity as a side to play as well differently with different personnel,” Moody was further quoted as saying.
“We have got a few options. Of course, Guptill is the obvious one. Being a world-class opener himself, he is a like-for-like replacement. But we are also looking at someone like a Billy Stanlake at a venue like this,” Moody elaborated.