Hyderabad: David Warner showed his disappointment as Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a 39-run defeat against Delhi Capitals on Sunday. But as soon as the media conference was over, his immediate query was whether Tiger Woods won the Augusta Masters or not.
When he heard that Woods had won the title, his immediate response was, “Yes, he has won it,’’ the Aussie opener exulted.
However, Warner, the Orange Cap holder, clearly expressed his displeasure the way the middle order caved in during the run-chase, particularly after the good start he and Jonny Bairstow had provided to the team. “We got off to a good start without losing wickets. However, between seven to 14 overs, we had a few dots. We didn’t find too many boundaries. Probably, we didn’t use those periods. Generally, we are quick between the wickets. We also just failed to hit the boundary. We lost wickets after the start which is disappointing.’’
The Aussie opener also owed responsibility for not staying till the end. “I also take the responsibility. As an opening batsman, I should have tried to stay till the end. Unfortunately, I play that way. I looked for boundary but I was unlucky. It is credit to them the way they bowled.
“There are no excuses as we got off to a good start and we didn’t capitalise on the middle periods. There were ones not many twos. They shut down the boundaries quite well.’’
Warner also praised the West Indies fast bowler Keemo Paul, who took three wickets against SRH. “This is the first time I have played him. He is quite skillful of what he does. He has got the cutters and odd yorkers here and there.’’
On his personal form, the swashbuckling opener said he was feeling great. “I’m seeing and hitting the ball well. I can’t ask for anything more. My job is to score runs irrelevant of the fact I was few months away from cricket. I’m fresh and am my doing my best for the team.’’
Munro all praise for youngsters
Meanwhile, New Zealand south paw Colin Munro said the young players in Delhi Capitals have no fear and play with a lot of freedom. “Just seeing the young guys in our team coming in and playing with absolute freedom, no fear and with clarity in the way they go on about. Their cricket is great. They know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
Playing in his first IPL match this season, Munro also had a word of praise for Rishabh Pant. ”Look at someone like Rishabh, he knows his game so well. Whether he is going to bat at number 4, 5 or 6, he plays the same way and that’s okay, we need those players in the T20 format to just go out there and try to take the bull by the horns from ball one.”
The New Zealander liked the way Shreyas Iyer has led the Delhi Capitals team. “His captaincy is getting stronger and he and (coach) Ricky (Ponting) have a good relationship and he is definitely a very good leader.”