‘Virender Sehwag spotted a better Test player than a T20 player in me’ – David Warner after smashing triple-century
David Warner played a record breaking knock of 335* runs against Pakistan in Adelaide.
Updated - Dec 1, 2019 11:44 am
David Warner hogged the spotlight after he played a marathon knock of 335* runs against Pakistan in Adelaide. The left-handed opener holds a reputation of being a prolific player in T20 cricket because of his hitting abilities. But, he has evenly performed well in the longer format. After scoring a triple hundred on Saturday, the 33-year-old has revealed that it was his chat with Virender Sehwag that reframed his mind for playing in Test cricket.
The 33-year-old has played and Sehwag played together for four years in the Indian Premier League. The duo was the part of Delhi Daredevils, now known as Delhi Capitals. Moreover, both the players are widely known for their explosive style of batting. Sehwag bid adieu to international cricket back in 2015 but, Warner still has to go a long way to go.
David Warner still remember his chat with Virender Sehwag
After Day 2, Warner said that it was Sehwag, who saw a Test cricketer in him. A few years ago in IPL when he was playing for Delhi Daredevils, the former Indian cricketer had recited that he can be a better batsman in Test than in T20. The Australian opener also added that he laughed after listening to the views of Sehwag.
He also recalled a chat in which Sehwag explained how to be a big hit in the longer format of the game. It also reframed his approach after that and certainly got some good results just because of it.
“When I got the opportunity to play for Delhi Capitals, a few years back in the IPL, and I met Viru (Virender Sehwag) over there and he sat down to me and I’ll quote him forever, he said, ‘I’ll be a better Test player than a T20 player’ and I told him that you are out of your mind, I don’t even play many first-class games.
“And he always said to me, ‘You have some slips and gullies, the covers are open, mid-wicket is there, mid-on and mid-offs are up, you just play in your way and you’ll get off to a flyer and sit there all day and picking up lofts’ and that has always stuck at the back of my mind. That sounded very easy when we were discussing that.” David Warner said after playing a record-breaking knock on Saturday as quoted by Republic World.