Delhi Capitals (DC), on Saturday, February 12, roped in Australia’s David Warner at a price of INR 6.25 crores in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Warner is currently the leading run-scorer in the history of the IPL among the foreign players. The southpaw started his career in the league for the Delhi Daredevils, now Capitals, but then moved to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
At the Orange Army, he won the Orange Cap quite a few times and turned out to be a stalwart for them. In 2016, Warner captained the Sunrisers to their maiden IPL title after beating the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. He was a fulcrum of their batting order since 2014.
David Warner gets a new team in IPL 2022 mega auction
But in 2021, Warner got himself tangled in a controversy and subsequently, he was removed as their skipper. The left-hander also lost his place from the SRH playing eleven. In the end, the Sunrisers left David Warner out ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. Thereafter Warner set himself a base price of INR 2 crore for the mega auction.
The Capitals started bidding for him after which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) joined them. At INR 4.80 crores, four-time IPL champions Super Kings backed off. From there on, the Capitals entered into a bidding war with five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI), who failed to qualify for the playoffs last season.
The two teams went along for quite a while before the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai-based franchise decided to throw in the towel. Warner’s inclusion is expected to strengthen the Capitals’ batting unit since he recently became the Player of the Tournament in the 2021 T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
With Warner in the team, it’s pretty much expected that he will open the batting with the young Prithvi Shaw, who was earlier retained by the franchise. But Warner may not be the skipper since the team already has Rishabh Pant, who led during the second leg of IPL 2021.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted after DC picked Warner
Delhi people are known to strike a bargain, but getting David Warner for just 6.25cr is a Sarojini Nagar market level bargain 🤯 #IPLAuction2022 #IPL2022
— VasuliSethBJP🇮🇳 (@SethVasuli) February 12, 2022Advertisement
@davidwarner31 welcome to Delhi capital ❤️Advertisement
— Pankx (@Pankaj78669363) February 12, 2022
Still can't believe David Warner only went for 6.25 cr 😭😭😭😭😭
— ` (@FourOverthrows) February 12, 2022Advertisement
We all deserve a heartbroken reel from David Warner today @davidwarner31
This auction beyond my understanding now.#IPLMegaAuctionAdvertisement
— CA Ruchit Shah (@RoohHitHai) February 12, 2022
@davidwarner31 for just 6.25 cr??🤯🤯🤯#IPLMegaAuction2022
— Aneesh Desai (@imaneeshdesai) February 12, 2022Advertisement
#CSK u sent off #FAF n r sitting quiet on #SureshRaina ..#SRH u let #DavidWarner go n r concentrating on snacks ..
Wtf is wrong with u guys ..?? pic.twitter.com/i9YD2E8WGgAdvertisement
— Swarna (@QueenBeeBusy) February 12, 2022
Welcome back to home @DelhiCapitals , the dangerous @davidwarner31 …woooo https://t.co/HiQZr8jtbH
— Vivek Khaiwal Laprana🇮🇳 (@vivekkhaiwal) February 12, 2022Advertisement
So NITISH RANA >>>>>>>DAVID WARNER 🙄Advertisement
— Siva Krishna (@mesivakrishna) February 12, 2022
Rana ko 8 crore aur david warner ko 6.25
Wtf is this venky saala ky pk aya haAdvertisement
We are left with 20 crores only wtf !
— #Albela (@_iammaaz_) February 12, 2022Advertisement
Nitish Rana going for more than David Warner, absolute bollocks🤣Advertisement
— Adarsh Raj ✨ (@goldenarrows_17) February 12, 2022