IPL 2021: Virender Sehwag Criticised David Warner's Slow Approach, Don't Rate Him Highly As Skipper

Virender Sehwag Criticised David Warner’s Slow Approach, Don’t Rate Him Highly As Skipper

Virender Sehwag, former Indian swashbuckling opener wasn’t impressed with David Warner’s approach on the Kotla track. Sunrisers Hyderabad David Warner may have reached a couple of unique milestones while batting against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday in Delhi, but his slow batting became the biggest talking point doing the rounds after the match. The SRH skipper struggled throughout his stint at the crease and his frustration was clearly visible.

After scoring a run-a-ball half-century, David Warner ended up scoring 57 off 55 balls which is one of his slowest innings in the Indian Premier League. Kane Williamson’s fiery 10-ball 24 and Manish Pandey’s 61 off 46 balls ensured that the Sunrisers managed to post a challenging 171 for 3 in 20 overs. But the score wasn’t enough to challenge an in-form CSK.

Manish Pandey AFP
Manish Pandey AFP

Virender Sehwag Unimpressed By David Warner’s Approach As A Slow Innings Can’t Be Expected From Him

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag wasn’t impressed with Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper opener David Warner’s approach on the Kotla track. Speaking to Cricbuzz, the former said that the SRH skipper batted with a poor thought process and his slowness at the crease resulted in a low total.

“Had the game been played in Chennai, it would have been a great partnership, at a scoring rate of 8 runs per over. But it was Delhi and not Chepauk. 171 has to be a low total because it was a perfect batting track. Kane Williamson had no problems in getting runs which means the wicket was good.”

David Warner blamed his slow batting for Hyderabad's 7-wicket defeat on Wednesday. (Courtesy by BCCI)
David Warner blamed his slow batting for Hyderabad’s 7-wicket defeat on Wednesday. (Courtesy by BCCI)

“The thought process of David Warner was extremely poor. You cannot expect a slow innings from him. The approach wasn’t up to the mark. He should have batted without any hesitation. The wicket was good and the ball was coming to the bat.

“If Manish Pandey can score a half-century off 36 balls and Warner gets a run-a-ball fifty. More runs could have been scored,” he said.

David Warner scored 57 off 55 balls with only 3 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 103.64 but all other SRH batsmen had strike rate in excess of 132 which meant that the pitch is conducive to batting prowess. The CSK opening duo of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad stitched a 129-run opening stand as the three-time champions won the contest by 7 wickets.

Virender Sehwag Feels David Warner Should Have Played An Attacking Game As The Next Batsmen Can Hit Big Shots

Virender Sehwag further mentioned that David Warner should have taken a chance, knowing that the other batters in the SRH line-up have capabilities to hit big shots.

“Warner could have taken a chance if he was set after playing 30-40 balls. He should have scored at least 30 runs in the next 50 balls. He knew that the likes of Williamson, Jadhav and Shankar would come next and they can hit big shots. So, he could have played an attacking game,” said Virender Sehwag.

David Warner (left) and Virender Sehwag played together at Delhi Daredevils © AFP
David Warner (left) and Virender Sehwag played together at Delhi Daredevils © AFP

“Well, I don’t rate him highly as a skipper. But he used to do a few good things earlier which he couldn’t against CSK. If Williamson had been the captain, we could have seen him doing something different. Because he knows the fact if you don’t go for wickets, you won’t win the game,” Virender Sehwag said.

David Warner’s strike rate of 110.28 this season is poor considering his IPL average of 140.13. He has managed 193 runs in 6 games averaging 32.16 which is much lower than his IPL average of 42.22.

He had scored above 500 runs in every edition since 2014 except in 2018 when he was banned for the ball-tampering offence. SRH is languishing at the bottom of the points table with only 2 points from 6 games winning only 1 game and losing as many as 5 games.