New Delhi: The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of David Warner is his ‘no mercy’ attitude towards bowlers.
But in this Pepsi Indian Premier League, while he has still taken the attack to the bowlers, Warner has waited for the opportune moment before unleashing the swashbuckler in him.
It hasn’t been all about seeing the ball and hitting it out of the park. A far more mature approach has emerged every time he has taken stance.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Warner said the reason behind his slightly cautious approach has been the new role that he has found himself in, in the absence of the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and, so far, Virender Sehwag.
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“I have had a more mature role this time round and I need to show more responsibility when I am out in the middle. It is not always about power hitting, especially when it is a young team you are a part of. Experienced players are always going to be missed and even though you might have talented youngsters in the team, they are big shoes to fill,” he said.
While the team is getting ready to welcome back Sehwag — out with back spasms for the first three games — in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, Warner feels Pietersen’s visit to the Ferozeshah Kotla ahead of the game against Rajasthan Royals was a great gesture on the England player’s part.
“He might be out with a knee injury, but it was amazing to have him at the ground. For a player of his class and calibre to come and speak to the youngsters can only help them grow. It can help them feed off his energy and knowledge. Also, it is from players like KP that they can learn how to play in crunch situations and high-voltage atmosphere like in the IPL,” the 26-year-old Aussie said.
Warner isn’t one to hide from reality and does admit there has been an issue as far as execution is concerned for the winless Daredevils.
“The batsmen and bowlers haven’t been able to execute the plans we had. I feel even the fielding has been sloppy. For a team to succeed, it needs to fire in all the three departments and we hope that we will do that in the coming matches,” he said.
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