Hyderabad: Undoubtedly, the Australian David Warner has been the star player for Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been instrumental in steering his side to victory many times. But this IPL 2018 season, SRH will definitely be missing him.

After the ball tampering issue, Warner opted out of IPL. Moreover Warner was leading SRH and he has been replaced by New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson. Williamson will be leading SRH and in fact this is first time that he will be leading an IPL team. So it remains to be seen how he will manage to take the team forward.

David Warner has been the star performer for SRH in the last couple of seasons and his absence will be a huge blow for them. Warner is the highest overseas run-scorer in the IPL with 4014 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad had the most established opening pair in the IPL-Warner & Dhawan. Together, they accounted for 42 of the 62 50-plus scores managed by SRH.

Though the SRH coach Tom Moody is confident that the team will do good in the IPL 2018 season, there is lot of confusion as to who will get into the shoes of Warner. Shikar Dhawan has got the capability to do so, but will he be able to do it this time. Or will Williamson throw a surprise at IPL lovers. Let us wait and watch. Today Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Rajasthan Royal in their first match of the season.