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IPL 2019: Yusuf Pathan says that aggression makes David Warner a dangerous batsman

"It is reflecting in his batting."

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo: IANS)

David Warner was not allowed to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 after being banned by the IPL and BCCI given that he was suspended for 12-months in March of 2018 for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Warner not only lost his Australian vice-captaincy, but he was replaced by Kane Williamson as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain for IPL 2018.

Warner spent the whole year playing grade cricket in Australia and for various other T20 leagues and as he was eligible for playing in IPL 2019, the SRH team welcomed him with open arms, though he was not given the captaincy again. Warner had made a zealous comeback in the league with scores of 85, 69, 100*, 10 and 15 in the five matches for SRH and is the Orange Cap holder for most runs at this stage of IPL 2019.

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SRH teammate Yusuf Pathan has watched Warner from close quarters and the passionate Australian opener has been one of the best batsmen in the league with over 4,000 runs and four centuries to his name. Yusuf Pathan reveals what makes David Warner so dangerous despite his diminutive stature.

Watching him bat is so entertaining, says Pathan

Regarded as one of the fiercest hitters of the ball, Yusuf Pathan has played many match-winning innings throughout his IPL career for teams like Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, before joining Sunrisers Hyderabad and has won three IPL titles.

“A successful batsman is the one who comes back after a big match and scores again in the next. There is a lot of aggression inside Warner which is helping him play so well. It is reflecting in his batting even after not playing for a year he has the aggression to do well. Such aggression makes him a dangerous batsman,” Pathan was quoted saying by Hindustan Times in reference to Warner.

“He is focused and determined. Watching him bat is so entertaining. It’s great for us and it’s a plus point for Australia to have him perform like this ahead of the World Cup,” Pathan added.

Pathan showed his experience against Rajasthan Royals when SRH was down and needed a run-a-ball and his patient batting took the team over the line. “It’s great that the top-order is firing for us but I am ready for the situation in which my team needs me to pull them through. Against Rajasthan we were at a ball-to-ball situation, loss of a wicket there would have turned the match away from us I knew my wicket was important. I have also batted up the order when the team needed me to,“ Pathan added.

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