Finally, we are done with the T20 World Cup 2021. It was Australia, which emerged as the new T20 Champion, by beating New Zealand in the final. The special moments of last night’s game were Kane Williamson’s (85 runs from 48 balls) incredible fight in the first innings, David Warner (53 off 38) and Mitchell Marsh’s (77* off 50) heroics in the second innings. Coincidentally, all these players represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. They failed to do well for SRH but gave their best for the national teams.
David Warner’s bitter journey with the Sunrisers this season needs no introduction. Due to lack of form, he was sacked from captaincy and was also removed from the playing XI. He was not given a fair chance to find his form back. Australia gave him that chance and now, he became the player of the tournament. Most successful teams back their star players in their low phase. SRH didn’t do it. Warner played blistering knocks in both semifinal (49 runs) and final (53 runs) and played a key role in making Australia the World Champions. It has to be seen if he gets retained by SRH after this stunning performance.
After axing Warner, SRH management made Kane Williamson the captain. By the time he was made the skipper, the team was already in trouble. He couldn’t do much as he failed to lift the team as a player and as a captain. Thus, there was no change in SRH’s fate even after the captaincy shift and it ended up at the bottom position of the points table.
SRH bought Mitchell Marsh in the 2020 auction. He was ruled out from the 2020 season, due to an ankle injury. He made himself unavailable for the 2021 season, citing bio-bubble fatigue. Thus, he didn’t get a chance to perform enough for the Hyderabad franchise. There were many hopes on him to fill that weak middle-order spot but things didn’t go well for the SRH in Marsh’s case.
All these three players who failed to give their best for SRH in some or other form, have delivered stunning performances for their respective national teams.