Australian batter David Warner has credited ‘IPL stint’ for his prolonged ODI success after he smashed his 163 run in the ICC World Cup match against Pakistan, on Friday. Warner believes that he has become even more adept at accelerating through his innings, and credits his time in the IPL for helping him hone that part of his game.
“I think that’s where in T20 cricket, I’ve learned a little bit as well to change my gears, especially in IPL. I learned a lot when I was playing for Sunrisers that you’re able to have a lot more time than you think. And I think playing on these surfaces specifically, you know, if you give yourself time at the back end, you can actually score big. And that’s what I felt today,” Warner told ICC.
“We missed a little bit with the bat. We set our platform up very, very well, and we didn’t execute as well as we like as a batting unit to post what I thought – 400 was probably on the cards from where we were.” David Warner commenced his IPL journey with the Delhi franchise in 2009 and after 14 years, with a bag full of experience, loads of runs under his belt, and having won the IPL title with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner is the third-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL with 5881 runs to his name comprising four centuries and 61 half-centuries, and is one of the most destructive openers across formats. His extraordinary 163 helped set his team up for a 62-run win that sent Australia fourth in the table.
Warner has now scored 150+ in three consecutive Cricket World Cups. “We missed a little bit with the bat. We set our platform up very, very well, and we didn’t execute as well as we like as a batting unit to post what I thought – 400 was probably on the cards from where we were.”“So, in the first 10, two new balls, you’ve got to respect that. But then if you get away, you can get on top of it and then you can be 50 off the first 10. And then from there, you set the platform for yourself and that’s the energy you feed off. And then you look to try and bat.”
Australia will return to action against the Netherlands in Delhi on Wednesday.
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