IPL 2022 mega auction: David Warner returns to Delhi after roller-coaster journey with SunRisers Hyderabad
- David Warner had earlier played for now-defunct Delhi Daredevils
- Delhi Capitals retained Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and Anrich Nortje
- Warner had spent most the season in IPL 2021 on the reserve bench
David Warner has made his return to Delhi after eight years as Delhi Capitals won the bidding war for the cricketer for a whopping Rs 6.25 crore on the first day of the ongoing IPL 2022 mega auction. Warner played for Delhi in the IPL when the franchise was known as Delhi Daredevils. DC had their eyes set on Warner right from the word go and continued to bid for him. They were joined by Chennai Super Kings, who had a budget of nearly Rs 5 crore for the Australia opener.
After CSK backed out, Mumbai Indians made a couple of bids for him but backed out soon. DC got the better of CSK and MI to ensure the service of swashbuckling opener Warner.
At DC, Warner is likely to pair up with Prithvi Shaw to open the innings. The Rishabh Pant-led side also went for Shikhar Dhawan and later backed up.
Last season, Warner spent most of the matches on the reserve bench which surprised many. So, this time it was expected that the Australian batter would go to the auction to find a new team.
His stint with SRH ended on a disappointing note as the former skipper was sacked and dropped from the playing XI after he managed 193 runs in 6 matches in the first leg of the season. Warner did make his return to the final XI during the 2nd leg but failed again.
The team management moved on from him once again. After being out of the playing XI, Warner wrote on social media that he won't be at the stadiums during the remainder of the season. While he did travel to the stadiums, the opening batsman was cheering for the team from the stands.
Warner ended his SRH stint as the franchise's highest run-scorer. The 35-year-old piled up 4014 runs for the Orange Army at 49.55. Warner's tally includes 2 centuries and 40 half-centuries.
One of the most consistent openers in IPL's history, Warner won the Orange Cap thrice during his stint with SRH. Not to forget, he also captained them to their maiden IPL title win in 2016.