With the tri-series in the Caribbean already underway, the focus is back on international cricket after the frenzy of the IPL. Speaking about the IPL though, it belonged to one man’s sheer determination and passion – David Warner. The southpaw had an unbelievable IPL with over 800 runs to his name. More than his personal numbers, though; it was his leadership which mattered the most as he led the Sunrisers Hyderabad to glory.
Warner was recently praised by teammate Aaron Finch, and the latter also said that if given an opportunity, Warner could become a really successful captain for Australia. On the sidelines of a training session in West Indies, Warner spoke about the series and seemed in the right mood.
“That’s very kind of Aaron to say that, but I’d prefer to answer those questions if something was to arise,” Warner said. “I’m under Steven, he’s the captain and he’s the best person to do that job and he’s been assigned that by the Board. So that’s for us to totally respect and I’m hoping he never gets injured. I’ll just have to wait for that opportunity.”
The destructive opener said that he was channeling his aggression in the most appropriate way for his team. “My energy on and off the field, trying to get the guys moving in the right direction, that goes a long way,” Warner said. “And I know when I come back to the Australian team; I know my energy is the key to a lot of our success as well.” “When the guys are up and about, it moves the team in the right direction. And we have a lot of guys who have that ability to get everyone up and going.”
Warner was also praised by South African captain AB De Villiers, who seemed to be in complete admiration of the opener. “Davey had a fantastic tournament. I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a cricketer and the way he’s played over the past few seasons. He’s matured a lot, he’s shown that now by captaining an inexperienced Sunrisers team and winning the tournament. Lots of credit has to go to him for a fantastic tournament. Hopefully, he won’t have as good as the tournament, this time, around, but congrats to him,” De Villiers said.