We make Steve Smith, Virat Kohli the best because we take shine off the ball: David Warner to Rohit Sharma
Warner called Kohli and Smith as modern day greats.
Updated - May 9, 2020 11:32 am
Due to the coronavirus threat, the entire world has been in lockdown for quite some time now. Due to this, cricketers have got a much-needed break from the game. Several stars of the game have engaged in Instagram live sessions where they have shared their experiences about on and off the field. On Friday, Rohit Sharma and David Warner also got together for an Instagram live session.
The two opening batsmen praised their teammates, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. The duo lauded the two batsmen as modern day greats. However, Warner jokingly said to Rohit that the two are best in the world because they help them become the best. He pointed out that as opening batsmen they take the shine off the ball which later helps them to come and bat. The Australian opener explained this as a crucial job as an opener.
“People say Kohli and Smith are the best in the world. But we make Smith and Kohli because we take the shine off the ball. We have got an important job as openers,” Warner jokingly said to Rohit.
It was bizarre, I was in the middle-order: David Warner recalls his initial days
After this, the left-handed batsman talked about the time when he first started opening. Both the batsmen started their careers as middle-order batsmen before switching to the opener’s position. Warner explained that it was bizarre for him to bat in the middle-order. He recalled the time when his state team captain asked him to open the innings.
“It was bizarre, I was in the middle-order, sort of coming in at the back end of the innings. In 2009, Dominic Thornely was captain of New South Wales and Philip Hughes was opening when I was suddenly told that I am opening,” Warner said during the Live session.
The Australian stalwart also revealed that he used to bowl leg-spin as a part-timer, but eventually stopped to focus more on batting. The left-handed batsman revealed that before he could realize he was playing well at the domestic level well, he was given an opportunity to play for Australia in a T20I against South Africa. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Warner scored 89 runs in his international debut game.
“After that I just let my bowling go, and before I knew it I was walking out at the MCG in front of 80,000 people against South Africa,” he added.