IPL 2021: SRH skipper David Warner doubtful for IPL 2021.
IPL 2021 – SRH skipper David Warner: Australian explosive left-handed batsman and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner is doubtful for participation in the upcoming Indian T20 extravaganza. Warner sustained a groin injury during the India-Australia 2nd ODI game following which he was ruled out for the whole T20I series and first two test games.
Although the dashing opener returned to the field in the penultimate test match against India, but there was clearly a sign of a slight niggle. Warner was not fully recovered from his injury and was not agile in the filed.
It could take at least nine months: David Warner
According to David Warner, his groin injury could take a few more months to recover fully. He is completing his rehab program.
“Next week I’ll be picking up throwing. That was very difficult the last couple of weeks, even trying to throw. Now it’s all about lateral movement — running between the wickets. It’s going to aggravate me for the next six to nine months. But I’m sure the medicos will help me out there,” Warner said.
As his rehab program could last somewhere around nine months, he might miss the upcoming IPL season. Cricket Australia will also be concerned about the player’s fitness as ICC T20 World Cup is not far and they want him to be fit by that time. CA might restrict the player to take part in the IPL and complete the rehab and be fit for the T20 World Cup later this year.
“I have spoken to a few people that have actually had that type of injury and they have just said it’s a niggle. You have just got to teach your brain to not worry about the pain and that it’s not going to happen again. It’s just getting back that confidence to sidestep and run as hard as I can and dive around again. Once I get that, I will be right to go. It’s just not 100% there yet,” Warner said.
Warner might not get the NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Cricket Australia for the IPL season. This could be a huge problem for SRH management. Although they will be relaxed from the captaincy point of view as Kane Williamson will be there. But Warner’s absence could lead to a disbalance of the squad as they will have to put someone up to the opening slot along with Wridhiman Saha.