Kane Williamson has replaced David Warner as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
New Zealand skipper Williamson will now lead SRH for the remainder of IPL 2021, starting with their clash with Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
The decision was made after the team made a disappointing start to this year’s tournament under Warner’s leadership.
The 2016 champions have just one win from six games and sit bottom of the league standings.
Sunrisers announced the change across their social media channels. A statement read: “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.
“The team management has also made the decision that they will be changing their overseas combination for tomorrow's (Sunday) match against Rajasthan Royals.”
Williamson is no stranger to the skipper’s role at SRH after previously leading them for the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
He previously took over from Warner in 2018 after the Australian batsman had been banned from playing that year.
However, Warner is the man that led them to their only Indian Premier League title back in 2016.
Warner Out After CSK Loss
The decision to make the change follows Hyderabad’s latest loss against in-form Chennai Super Kings.
After that game, Warner said he took responsibility for the loss but did also say he felt the decision to previously drop Manish Pandey was a harsh call from selectors.
Speaking to host broadcaster Star Sports following the seven-wicket defeat, Warner said: “I take full responsibility. The way that I batted was obviously very slow.
“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 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.”