Before the final of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australia and Sunrisers Hyderabad batter David Warner uploaded a photo of himself and his daughter wearing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jersey, which he claimed was manufactured by a fan and mailed to him, but he later deleted it.

“I wasn’t sure who to go for tonight,” Warner captioned the photo, “but I couldn’t say no to this fan who begged me to post this!! #ipl #indi #yellow #CSK.” However, the message elicited a multitude of responses, with the majority claiming that Warner hinted about joining CSK next year.

With so much speculation circulating, David Warner deleted the photo and released the original post from the 2019 IPL, which had him in an SRH shirt with his daughter on his shoulders, with the message, “Here’s the original, which caused a lot of controversy. What’s everyone’s prediction for tonight? #IPL #cricket #apologies”.

Warner had a difficult time playing for the Orange Army in the IPL 2021, scoring 195 runs in eight matches, losing his captaincy and being left out of the team. In the absence of Jonny Bairstow, he made a comeback in the second half, playing only two games and returning with scores of 0 and 2 in those two games.

Warner uploaded a handful of posts after his franchise’s final game, implying that he may have played his final game in SRH colours and thanking the fans for their support. Warner recently told Sports Today that he would love to return to the Sunrisers for the IPL 2022 season, but that with two new teams due to enter the battle and a mega-auction before the next season, the decision is up to the owners and management.