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IND vs AUS 2017: Bold David Warner Salutes India for Warm Hospitality

David Warner, India Vs Australia, Steven Smith, Hyderabad, Virat Kohli
Warner is eager to return back to India after leaving a heart-melting message for Indian fans. Photo Credit: Web/Google.

Flamboyant Australia opening batsman David Warner took to photo-blogging website Instagram while posting a photograph with the heart-warming message for the hosting country India, before returning home.

Warner, who is known for his bold decisions, has thanked hosts for the great hospitality during the month-long tour which further comprised of five One-Day Internationals fixtures, as the limited-overs series kicked off in Chennai on September 17.

“Thanks India for hosting us once again,” Warner revealed in his Instagram post.

David Warner, India Vs Australia, Steven Smith, Hyderabad, Virat Kohli
Warner featured in 65 T20Is for Australia in which he amassed 1,696 runs at an average of 27.35. Photo Credit: AFP.

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As the gentleman’s game, cricket is being religiously followed in India, Warner while addressing the die-hard fans in the subcontinent stated that his side has always enjoyed their visit to the county.

Warner is all set to prepare for the upcoming Magellan Ashes 2017-18 which will get underway on November 23 in Brisbane against newly-appointed Joe Root-led England.

We absolutely love coming to your country and playing cricket,” Warner added in a post.

David Warner, India Vs Australia, Steven Smith, Hyderabad, Virat Kohli
Warner is an aggressive leader like Kohli. Photo Credit: AFP.

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The 30-year-old Warner served as a stand-in skipper for Australia, in the recently concluded three-match T20I series after regular skipper Steven Smith flown home while nursing the shoulder injury.

The Sydney-born Smith picked the injury during the practice session ahead of the Ranchi fixture on October 01. Pertinently, the T20 series decider was called off due to the wet outfield at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 13.

Promising prospect and senior campaigner in the Australian set-up, Warner reiterated he is unhappy for not seeing the game taking place.

“Sorry about last night Hyderabad,” Warner remarked.

On Friday evening, the soggy outfield culminated the bilateral series, as Warner was pumped up at the home ground after leading Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“I hope to see you all again next year,” Warner concluded.

Interestingly, Australia was one-down in the series, the all-round show from the visitors in Guwahati made the series interesting after being routed 4-1 in the 50-over competition.

David Warner, India Vs Australia, Steven Smith, Hyderabad, Virat Kohli, Guwahati Incident, Team Bus, Stone Throwing

The stone-throwing incident in Guwahati left Australian side shaken when Aaron Finch broke the news. Photo: CA.

In an unfortunate incident soon after the Australia won convincingly by eight wickets in Guwahati, the rock was hurled at visitors’ team bus when they were returning to the hotel. One of the Instagram users in response to Warner’s post termed the unpleasant incident ‘sad’ as many asked him to return back to the country as soon as possible.

Warner, who played his role in the ODI series alongside Aaron Finch, saw the middle-order crumbled under pressure which eventually led them down against a quality side, in the top-flight cricket.

David Warner, India Vs Australia, Steven Smith, Hyderabad, Virat Kohli
Warner did not cross the double-figure mark in first two T20Is before third one was called off. Photo Credit: AFP.

However, Warner struggled in the T20Is, as he scored eight in Ranchi and two in Guwahati, before revealing he is excited to perform at his IPL home-base which unfortunately saw the game gettig abandoned.

Active on social media, Warner was praised by his fans for showing the sportsmanship spirit.

Here’s the post from Warner which won many hearts:


Tahir Ibn Manzoor, who tweets @TahirIbnManzoor (https://twitter.com/TahirIbnManzoor) - works as an editor for Sportzwiki.com. He has a great affection for longform feature writing. He completed his masters in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir, with a specialisation in narrative journalism. He has taken to sports journalism full-time and have worked for a number of reputed organisations across the globe. He followed cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. You can mail him at tahir@sportzwiki.com.

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