India were surprised by Renshaw’s performance, feels David Warner

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Australian cricketer David Warner looks on as he ices his shoulder after being hit with a ball. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Renshaw has been a revelation for the visiting Australian side on the India tour. His gutsy knocks have drawn praises from all corners. Recently, his opening partner David Warner showered words of praise for him. As per the quotes in NDTV, Warner remarked that it is perhaps Renshaw’s performance that must have taken India by surprise. Prior to the tour, very little was known about the 20-year old southpaw. His Matthew Hayden-like stature was the most talked about aspect of his game.

A few had predicted him to be huge success but then there were others who were speculative about it. David Warner reckons that having fresh faces in the team is always a bonus as the opposition have little or no clue about their gameplay. He commended the way Matt Renshaw showed resilience at the crease and has already notched up two fifties in the 3 innings that he has played on the tour.


“First Test match in India, India probably didn’t expect that. We have never seen him (Renshaw) play in these conditions as well, so we know how he can play and that’s the good thing about this game. When you have fresh people in the team, you don’t know what they are capable of as well and it adds another string to your bow,” quoted David Warner.

“He (Renshaw) played fantastic. It could have been a different story if he stayed out there or he didn’t come off (in first innings) but the way he played and the way he adapted from coming off, being sick and going back out there was credit to him,” he added further.

Prior to the commencement of the tour, very few had given Australia a chance to make an impact in the series. They were written off and there were talks of them being whitewashed by the hosts. However, they did not let their spirits down and the results are there to be seen. The Aussies attended a week long camp at Dubai for their preparations for the tour. Warner remarked that the time in Dubai certainly helped them a lot.

“Having that week in Dubai and having freshened up as well after our summer was fantastic for me and my preparation. And I know the guys that went to Dubai early, they were all talking about how good it was to prepare over there and get their mind set and get the miles in the legs to come here,” quoted Warner.

He was thankful for the opportunity. He noted that playing in ideal conditions and trying to adapt to the climate in Dubai helped them settle down in India soon. They have been able to sideline the fatigue issues and have looked great in the series thus far.

“We are truly grateful for that opportunity. Sometimes when you come here to these countries, in these conditions you probably don’t have as much preparation because as a player sometimes when you are in this heat you fatigue quite fast,” he quoted.

“And the next day, when you are not used to it, you can’t back up. So being in Dubai with the temperature at 24, 25 degrees the guys could back up day-in, day-out. We were fortunate for that and the boys are prepared and have prepared well,” Warner added further.