David Warner has seen some very tough times since the infamous ball-tampering incident which took place during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in 2018. He was handed a 12-month ban along with Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft (9-month ban) by Cricket Australia (CA) for their involvements in the controversy. However, the trio has served their respective terms and currently both Smith and Warner are playing in IPL 2019, while Bancroft made his return in the recently concluded eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
I don’t like hindsight
Warner, who captained the Hyderabad-based franchise in the victorious IPL triumph in 2016, says that he is no longer part of the present decision-making management at the SRH camp. While speaking on the 39-run loss against Delhi Capitals (DC), Warner mentioned that his team failed to capitalise during the middle-overs stage. In the second innings, it was the fast bowling trio of Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul and Chris Morris who displayed stunning combined efforts to defend the modest total and in turn propelled DC to a splendid win.
"Today, there was a decision that they (the team management) made. I'm no longer part of that process, I don't know what their thinking was - but when you lose that experience in the middle, it can be quite challenging and quite difficult for the new guys that come in. I don't like hindsight,” quoted David Warner.
“But there is no excuses - we got off to a good start, we didn't capitalise on those middle periods, there were a lot of ones, not many twos, they shut down the boundaries well and they bowled very well. We just missed a couple of opportunities to hit boundaries through that middle period," he added.
We didn’t utilized the middle-overs
The two SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow started things off the innings on a pretty tentative note, compiling just 40 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Bairstow was still approaching his innings in a fluent manner but Warner was battling with pressure.
Despite not being his own, Warner kept fighting with pressure or the DC bowlers, bringing up a gutsy half-century to keep his team’s hopes alive and kicking in the run-chase. But then came a massive turning point in the game as Kagiso Rabada bowled a fantastic slower delivery to pick up the prized scalp of Warner and then also removed Vijay Shankar on the next ball.
"We got off to a good start, again, without losing a wicket. You look at the overs between seven and 13, we had a fair few dots, we didn't find too many boundaries, and from that position we were in, you should be chasing, I think it was ten an over, 11 an over towards the back end. I think we probably didn't utilise those middle periods as well as we'd like,” concluded Warner.