David Warner announced his IPL comeback with a scintillating 85-run knock against KKR

Sunrisers Hyderabad received a massive boost ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as opener David Warner rejoined the squad after not playing the tournament in 2018 as a result of a year-long ban in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s South Africa tour last year.

The Aussie announced his return in style as he slammed a brilliant half century against Kolkata Knight Riders in his team’s opening game of the campaign. SRH might have lost the match but Warner’s knock garnered praise from experts and fans alike. Warner looked quite comfortable against the KKR bowlers and he was unfortunate to miss out on a century as he was dismissed for 85 off 53 balls.

Sandeep Sharma, the 25-year-old fast bowler who joined Sunrisers in 2018, played with Warner for the first time this season and the Punjab cricketer made it clear that his teammates or the support staff are not treating Warner any differently because of the ball-tampering controversy.

“It is great to have David Warner back in the team. Everyone knows how good he is and it is brilliant to have him in the dressing room. He has been a great performer for Sunrisers in the past seasons and in the last match, he showed once again why he is regarded so highly in white ball cricket,” Sharma told the Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.

“We are not thinking about what happened last year and we are not treating him any differently. Nothing has changed for him or for any of us in the team,” he added.

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