David Warner talks about his roles: A captain, a parent and an opening batsman
The holder of the Orange Cap, the skipper of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner has had a good couple of years where he has been in good form.
He started the current IPL with a bang and helped his team recently to their first victory of the competition with an unbeaten 90. And the Australian international recently spoke about his life at SRH and also away from the game.
For someone coming from Australia, Warner shocked some people when he recently revealed that he has not had anything to drink for almost a year now and said that it was all about doing the right things for the future.
“It is about being smart about recovery, about doing all the little things right to have a successful career from when I turn 30,” he said explaining why he quit drinking.
The 29-year old burst onto the international scene as a fierce hitter who was passionate about his batting. He revealed that a part of his success is due to his aggression and that his ‘intent to score has helped him even in the longest format of the game.
“My best attribute in this game is actually being aggressive at the top of the order,” he said talking about his mindset when batting.
The strong batsman walked into the Australian squad after impressing in the T20 format but has now established himself as one of the best openers in the world in all three formats of the game.
He talked about shifting gears from one format to the other and explained that even in a T20 format, it is important to settle in and start well.
“As an opening batsman, I know we have 120 balls. The crucial thing is to get off to a good start.”
“In this game, it is funny – it has got a lot more time than you think. If you [get your eye in] in the first six to ten overs, you still have 60 balls. That is a lot of time,” he added.
He also spoke about the in-form Indian batsman Virat Kohli.
He explained that he is setting a great example as to how to go about the game even in a T20 format. He explained how it was important to play to one’s strengths and also felt that a lot of young players can learn a lot from the RCB skipper.
“Perfect example is Virat Kohli. He knows he probably he can’t be like Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers. But he is a conventional player. He plays very good cricket shots. He gives himself time.”
“He knows his game so well. That is where a lot of players can learn from him – who don’t have that power and the capacity to clear the ropes all the time,” he added.
The SRH franchise were off to a bad start losing their first two games but a superb innings from Warner lifted them to their first victory and Warner revealed that losing games hurts him.
He also explained that though taking up the captaincy of the team makes him worry about many things, he revealed that he will never forget about his own problems and that he always strives to get better.
The hard hitter was all smiles talking about his family.
Warner is a father of two daughters who apparently don’t listen to him unlike his players on the field. “At almost two years of age, when you say something, they don’t do it. That is the difference,” he says with a big smile on his face talking about his kids.
He also revealed that his family have helped him all throughout and that they have played a role in molding himself to what he is today.
“Two beautiful daughters and having a caring wife has settled me down a lot. It has helped me be the person who I am today,” Warner added.
“I love the person I have turned into,” he exclaimed.
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