Virat Kohli is the perfect T20 batsman – David Warner
David Warner had a sensational outing against the Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad, as the little dynamite bludgeoned the Mumbai bowlers to all parts of the stadium. Warner was classy and emphatic in his knock of 90*, as the Australian opener helped the Sunrisers to register their first win of the 2016 IPL.
In his interaction with journalists post the game, Warner said that being an opener helped his style of play. The southpaw explained that he got a lot of deliveries to play and after getting set, he could play his natural game. Warner also discussed the way of going about in T20 cricket and mentioned that only opting for the big shots wasn’t an option. He said that milking the singles and rotating the strike was equally important.
The Sunrisers captain was also fully in awe of Virat Kohli, and called him a “perfect” T20 batsman. “It’s not about hitting fours and sixes straightaway,” said Warner. “A perfect example would be Virat Kohli. He knows he can’t be like Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers. He’s a conventional cricket player. He plays very good cricketing shots. He gives himself time. That’s his strength, but he knows his game so well. That’s where a lot of players can learn from him, players who don’t have that power and capacity to clear the ropes all the time. That’s why I say, we have a lot more time in T20 than you think.”
Speaking about the overall batting nature of the game, Warner said, “As an opening batsman, I have 120 balls. If I can face half of those deliveries as an opening batsman, I’m doing my job for the team.” “In this game, you’ve got a lot more time than you think. The last couple of overs you don’t, but if you’re in for the first 6-10 overs, you still have 60 balls and 60 balls is a lot of time,” said Warner.
The destructive left-hander, though, admitted that test cricket was indeed the pinnacle of the game. “Test cricket should be the pinnacle, winning World Cups for your country pinnacle and then T20 cricket. I want to make sure that youngsters are inspired to play for their country at the top level and the top level is Test cricket. We need to keep Test cricket surviving otherwise the other stuff doesn’t work,” said Warner.
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