Williamson replaces Warner as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain in IPL 2021

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday announced that Kane Williamson will be taking over the captaincy for the remainder of IPL 2021, starting with Sunday's match against Rajasthan Royals.

Williamson will lead SRH in the remainder of IPL 2021.   -  Sportzpics / BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday announced that Kane Williamson will be taking over the captaincy for the remainder of IPL 2021, starting with Sunday's match against Rajasthan Royals.

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Under Warner, SRH has had a disappointing start to this season, languishing at the bottom of the points table with just one win in six games. Williamson had once taken over as the SRH captain in 2018 after the suspension of regular captain David Warner because of the ball-tampering saga. He had also led the franchise in the 2019 edition. Warner, who led Hyderabad to its maiden IPL title in 2014, was handed back the reins ahead of the 2020 season.

 

"The decision has not come lightly as the management respects the enormous impact David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years. As we face the remainder of the season, we are sure David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field," SRH said in a statement.

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"The team management has also made the decision that they will be changing their overseas combination for tomorrow's match against
Rajasthan Royals," it further added.

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SRH's decision comes a day after Warner took "full responsibility" for the Sunrisers' loss against the Chennai Super Kings. "I take full responsibility. The way that I batted was obviously very slow," Warner had said after the Sunrisers lost to the Super Kings by seven wickets. "I was hitting a lot of fielders and [was] very, very frustrated... Look I take full responsibility from a batting point of view. I felt [that with] Manish [Pandey] coming back into the team, the way that he batted was exceptional. And obviously Kane [Williamson] and Kedar [Jadhav] towards the back end there, they put some boundaries away and got us to a respectable total. I felt that we were probably just below par from where we were. But yeah look, at the end of the day, I'll take full responsibility."