David Warner
David Warner Image Credit: Sportzpics for BCCI

Dubai: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner is already looking forward to the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and leading the franchise again, even though the dates of the T20 tournament are yet to be announced.

“One of my things to do is lead this unbelievable franchise — the entire team from fans, owners, staff, players and ground staff. We have always had an amazing bunch of people be a part of the franchise and I am looking forward to the coming season,” he wrote on Instagram.

Warner, 34, captained Sunrisers to the IPL title in 2016, when his team defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in the final played in Bengaluru.

A hard-hitting Australian opening batsman, Warner was laid low by a groin injury during the recent series against India in Australia. He is planning to return to action on March 4 in a domestic match.

“Just to clarify a comment I made on commentary last night, that I will need ongoing treatment and will have an annoying pain for at least 6-9 months. I am returning to play for NSW on March 4,” Warner tweeted.

Warner has played 86 Tests, 128 ODIs, and 81 T20 Internationals.