The Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday removed David Warner from the captaincy and handed over the reins to Kane Williamson for the remainder of the IPL 2021.

After being dropped as the captain of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday, Australian batsman David Warner was left out of the playing XI for the team’s ongoing fixture against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

SRH’s Director of Cricket Operations and former head coach Tom Moody, while speaking to the broadcaster’s on the eve of the game against RR, revealed the reason for Warner’s exclusion from the playing.

“Firstly he’s not going to be playing in this game and that’s purely a decision based on the combination. We’ve come to the conclusion that at this stage two overseas bat, an all-rounder and Rashid Khan is our best combination. We looked at it very closely,” said Moody.

“Obviously Bairstow’s form and Williamson’s form is at a great height and we are very thrilled with the way they are playing and we had to make a hard call and someone had to miss out and unfortunately for Davey (Warner) on this occasion, it’s him. He’s been pretty good,” he added.

Kane Williamson has replaced David Warner as captain. The New Zealand skipper had led SRH in the 2018 season and single-handedly guided them to the final. However, under Warner, the franchise won its first and only title in 2016.

Fans took to Twitter on Sunday and expressed their support for Warner, who has scored 5,447 runs — fifth-most overall — in 148 IPL matches.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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