Warner is hoping to make an impact in the IPL after Australia’s 2-0 Test series win over the West Indies
Australia’s flamboyant opening batsman, David Warner has revealed that his natural game has not changed, even after making a huge impact in Test cricket.
Warner, who is a master of ODI and Twenty20 cricket, noted that he would still go for his shots if the delivery was in the right place.
“Test cricket hasn’t changed me as a batsman. I still believe in “if you see it, then hit it.” If it’s there in my zone, I will still go for my shot. That has been my role so far,” he said.
In the first innings of the third Test against the West Indies, Warner made 50 runs from 136 balls, but he stated that it was necessary to do so in order to hold the team together.
“I can tell you that had it been WACA and had I faced 136 deliveries, I would have scored close to 100. In that match, the situation demanded a different type of batting,” he said.
Warner, who has now joined the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), hopes to open the batting with captain Virender Sehwag.
“I always see myself playing at the top of the order with Viru and would continue doing so. The important thing is that all of us, Viru, myself and Mahela score runs for Daredevils,” he said.
Warner, who will be taking Kevin Pietersen’s spot on the roster after the Englishman left to go back home and face the West Indies, is expected to replicate the blistering performances Pietersen put together while he was playing for the franchise.
“I will have to keep executing my skills. Obviously KP has done very well and it would be my responsibility to cover his spot well,” Warner said.
When asked about who the best players in the IPL were at the current moment, Warner said that he thought Pietersen and Ajinkya Rahane easily topped the category.
“KP’s century (against Deccan Chargers) was one of the best innings I have seen. Rahane has also been fantastic. Not to forget Cameron White who has already scored three 70’s in the last four games. White hasn’t been in best of form last season but it’s good to see him do well,” he added.
In this year’s IPL, Delhi’s top order has done all the damage in the batting department, and Warner is pleased to see that the top three batsmen are doing their job.
“Last year, we let the middle-order play a lot of overs so it’s better that the top-order batsmen are doing their job,” he said.
However, Warner also noted that middle order batsmen needed a chance to prove that they were still in good form.
“Save the top three, other batsmen in our side have had single digit scores but hopefully everyone would be in good form as we approach the knock-out stages,” he said.
When asked about whether it would be difficult to switch from Test cricket to Twenty20, Warner did not seem concerned.
“It’s the duty of a professional athlete to adapt to any conditions as quickly as possible. I have been playing for the past 12 months and have been in good form. My job would be to attack the opposition from ball one and hopefully I will do that on Monday,” he said.