David Warner on T20 World Cup 2021 after poor IPL

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“I was batting extremely well in the nets, and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out”

Player of the Tournament of the T20 World Cup 2021 David Warner has revealed he was coaching the “hardest I ever did” and knew he would get a “second chance” to show himself after he was sacked as captain and ultimately dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL 2021. When he turned out in Australian colors just a few weeks later, Warner was the second-highest scorer within the World Cup with a tally of 289 runs, a median of over 48, and a strike fee that jumped to 146.70 from 107.73 within the IPL.

“Whatever may have been the reason for me not finding a spot in an IPL team, I can tell you I was training the hardest I ever did,” Warner the Economic Times. “I didn’t miss a single day. I was batting extremely well in the nets, and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out. So yes, while it hurt, I knew I would have another opportunity. Sport is a great leveller, and if you are true to the sport and keep working hard, you will always have a second chance. I just wanted to keep working the hardest and stay true. I am glad it worked out for me.

“At the identical time, there aren’t any complaints. The followers in India have all the time been there for me, and it’s for them that you just play. We play to entertain. We play to push for excellence.”

Warner captained Sunrisers to the 2016 title and scored over 4000 runs for them over eight seasons. However, he had a disappointing 2021, scoring 195 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.37. Midway through the tournament, he was replaced by Kane Williamson as the captain and in the UAE leg of the tournament, he featured in just two of the seven games.

Explaining Warner’s exclusion on ESPNcricinfo’s Time Out, Tom Moody, who was the director of cricket at Sunrisers in 2021 and former head coach for seven seasons, said the franchise wanted to give more opportunities to other players ahead of the new season with the big auction coming up.

“Numerous it [dropping Warner out] was to do with the truth that Sunrisers received to a degree the place they may not qualify,” Moody said. “It was a case of ‘let’s take a look at Jason Roy and few different younger gamers which are within the squad and provides them the chance to see what they will show so we, as a franchise, can sit up for what it appears like shifting into 2022’.”

It remains to be seen if Sunrisers will retain Warner, with the retention deadline being November 30. All the existing franchises can retain upto four players, and unlike the previous big auction ahead of the 2018 season, there will be no right-to-match cards (RTM) at the auction this time.
Warner also admitted he was “relieved” and “glad” for having repaid the faith of the Australian management after a below-par performance in the IPL. His run-tally in this tournament is the highest for Australia in an edition of men’s T20 World Cup. He said the team “peaked on the proper time” to be crowned T20 champions.

“It is among the happiest moments of my life,” he said. “Before the event began, I had instructed you that we have been prepared. We had an excellent crew, and each member was decided to depart a mark. Thereafter, we peaked on the proper time and as soon as we peaked and everybody began doing their half, there was no trying again. We have a tremendous bunch right here and might’t let you know how glad everyone seems to be.”

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