When SRH faced consistent losses in the IPL, SRH management authority decided to relieve david warner of his captaincy because it held david warner responsible for losses and for not enough to revive the team fortunes.
Kane Williamson was brought in his place. There were opinions pouring from both sides supporting and opposing the decision to remove David Warner from the SRH captaincy.
Later the Irfan pathan came out in the open, criticising the david warner for the dismissal performance of the Sunriser Hyderabad, saying that david warner could not provide the necessary inspiration to the fellow players to play at their best. This was the reason they fared at the bottom of the table which was very embarrassing for the team as SRH has the potential to be among the top 4 teams of the IPL. but they failed to justify their potential.
“They surprised us. They were a top-four team for me. SRH’s biggest problem was David Warner’s captaincy, the way he was managing the team and the way he was batting. He was batting very cautiously,” said Pathan.
The former India all-rounder highlighted that SRH replacing their skipper implies they were dissatisfied with his decision-making.
“When Kane Williamson was made the captain later, it means franchise was not happy with him, the way he was making the decisions,” added Pathan.
The SRH management stated they relieved David Warner of his duties as they wanted to go with an overseas all-rounder. With Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson in good form, they did not have any other option but to leave Warner out of their playing XI and thereby change the captain as well.
While highlighting the lack of experience in the SRH middle order, Irfan Pathan questioned the decision of not playing Kedar Jadhav in the initial stages of the tournament.
“We always talk about SRH that they don’t have any experienced players in the middle. Kedar Jadhav did not play at the start although he is an experienced player. They played Suchith for a couple of matches and then again dropped him,” said Pathan.
The 36-year-old concluded by stating that the absence of an express pace bowler is also a concern for SRH.
“They will have to improve their combination and they do not have an out-and-out quick bowler, who can consistently bowl around 140 kph and keep performing on flat pitches,” signed off Pathan.
SRH were also hit hard by injuries to two of their most accomplished seamers. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed a couple of matches due to a thigh injury, T Natarajan was ruled out of IPL 2021 after playing just two encounters.