Australian opener David Warner missed the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the ball-tampering controversy. However, it was clearly evident that Warner has kept all ball-tampering ban talks aside with his sensational performance in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the flamboyant southpaw batsman has racked up a staggering tally of 692 runs in 12 games at an amazing average of 69.20.
In his last game of this season before returning for the World Cup preparations, Warner played a brilliant knock of 81 runs off just 56 balls to aid in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s convincing 45-run victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
He didn’t play all the 14 round-robin games and went back to Australia in order to prepare for the upcoming World Cup, starting May 30. However, he didn’t forget to leave a message after winning the Orange Cap. David didn’t hesitate in saying that the IPL is the best league in the world and he was over the moon after getting to take part in the cash-rich T20 tournament.
Warner thanks the Hyderabad curators
In his message, Warner stated that it is an honour to win the Orange Cap. He thanked the Hyderabad curators for their hard to work to prepare great pitches. He noted that he felt very much nice to play in front of packed and energetic crowds. Warner further mentioned that he is privileged to be a part of the IPL.
“It’s an honour to win the Orange Cap. We batsmen don’t play this game for awards, we try to win. Big credit to our curators at Hyderabad, they prepare great wickets and feels great to play in front of those crowds. I am privileged to be a part of this tournament, it’s the best league in the world. Thank you very much,” mentioned David Warner in a pre-recorded message at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Warner also talked about SRH’s fortunes this season. “I am very emotional to be a part of this. This contest has been going on back and forth, other guys have been going at it as well. Hopefully next season we go all the way and I can collect the keys myself,” Warner added.