Australian opener, David Warner is a well-known explosive T20 player. He is regarded as one of the greatest T20 players of this generation. His successful limited-over stint got him a promotion to the longer format. However, many critics questioned his selection in the test team as he had not played even a single domestic game before that.
Warner continued the same limited-over approach in the tests as well. His initial years in test cricket were filled with quick, blistering innings. He scored at a strike rate of 100 in most of the innings. In a recent interview with Fox Sports, David Warner opened up on his initial test days and recalled an interesting conversation with former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag.
David Warner reveals his initial interaction with Virender Sehwag
David Warner revealed that Virender Sehwag was one of the first to identify his potential in the long format. He recalled that Sehwag told him that he will do better in tests than in T20s. Warner also revealed interesting advice he got from the Indian stalwart.
“When I went to Delhi, Sehwag watched me a couple of times and said to me, ‘you’ll be a better Test cricketer than what you will be a T20 player”
“I basically looked at him and said, ‘mate, I haven’t even played a first-class game yet’. But he said, all the fielders are around the bat, if the ball is there in your zone you’re still going to hit it. You’re going to have ample opportunity to score runs. You’ve always got to respect the good ball, but you’ve always got to punish the ball you always punish”
The comeback better than the setback
David Warner has been the most impactful player for the Australian cricket team. He has a total of 43 international centuries across all formats. He stands fourth in the most centuries by active players’ list. However, he lost his prominence post-the infamous Sandpaper scandal. Warner was found guilty of orchestrating the entire Sandpaper incident. He was banned by Cricket Australia (CA) from playing cricket for one year. Warner was also banned for life from taking over as captain.
David Warner went through a tough time but made a perfect comeback. He proved himself once again. Warner silenced his critics with his bat. Now, he has again become a regular member of the team across all formats. Reports came in a few months back that Warner was in talks with Cricket Australia to lift his captaincy ban.
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