Dubai: Captain Aaron Finch, who won Australia the T20 World Cup title for the first time, has said that he never doubted David Warner’s form. He had called the head coach of the team a few months back when Warner was not in form, especially in the IPL, and told him not to worry about Warner, he would go to the T20 World Cup. will be the Player of the Tournament.
The Australian captain, in response to a question about David Warner after the match, said he backed teammate and opening partner David Warner to win the Player of the Tournament award in the T20 World Cup despite his poor performance.
Finch said, “I also personally felt that Adam Zampa should have been the player of the tournament, but Warner is a great player. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all time and a fighter. He is the kind of person, when all things are against him, that’s when you get to see his best performance. The last two innings were a memorable end to the tournament for him.”
It is noteworthy that Warner made a significant contribution in the semi-final against Pakistan and the final against New Zealand. He won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award as the tournament’s second highest run-scorer after Australia’s first World T20 win.
When captain Aaron Finch walked down to the press conference after Australia became the T20 world champion for the first time, he faced a flurry of questions about the team’s title-winning hero Warner.
A reporter said, “I am asking about David Warner. How did you support him? No one expected him to become the Player of the Tournament.” Finch replied, “You didn’t expect that? I certainly did.”
The last two months have been filled with despair and hope for Warner. He was disappointed as Sunrisers didn’t find a place in the playing XI in the second leg of the IPL in the UAE itself, but the T20 World Cup turned out to be a fairytale for him and he became the ‘Player of the Tournament’.
Warner’s wife Candice’s outrage and anguish can be understood from his sarcastic tweet. He wrote, “Bad form, too old, slow!
— Candice Warner (@CandiceWarner31) November 14, 2021
The last two months have not been easy for Warner. The limited-overs legend was dropped from the team after a poor performance for Sunrisers in the Indian leg and then two matches in the UAE leg.
The removal of captaincy mid-season could be justified due to the team’s poor performance but the team management with the presence of Tom Moody, Trevor Bayliss and Muttiah Muralitharan dropped Warner from the playing XI. Warner was dropped one day at the stadium. He was stopped from coming and then asked to stay away from the dugout.
During one of Sunrisers’ final matches, Warner was seen waving the team’s flag in the stands in the team jersey. One of his sixes on Sunday may have also fallen on the spot where he was sitting that day. Things probably got so bad during the IPL that Warner’s request to take a drink and talk to the junior players during the strategic time out was also alleged. was turned down.
Warner, however, had seen worse times during the ball tampering scandal when he could not play cricket for a year due to a ban. Warner then laid the foundation for his comeback. He doubled the training time. He batted in the nets, practiced throw downs and did not leave the bat in his hand even in the hotel.
For Warner, this win is as big as the 2015 World Cup. “Definitely it is equal to 2015 (World Cup), loss against England (2010 T20 World Cup final) a decade ago,” he said after the final on Sunday night. It was painful.”
Appreciating his teammates, Warner said, “The team has great players, great support staff and we get great support all over the world, especially at home. Always full of enthusiasm, want to perform well. We were a little nervous in the final but the players did it.” Warner now has to face England in the Ashes.
His fans need not be disappointed as far as IPL is concerned. He will be part of the old or new team during the big auction to be held this time or he may be selected from the player draft before that. If Warner gets a chance to play against Sunrisers, it will be an exciting match. .