David Warner smashed his maiden triple century in Tests against Pakistan. Following that, he recalled Virender Sehwag’s comments, years ago, claiming that Warner would become a better Test batsman than a T20 player. Warner, who scored his career-best 335* in the ongoing Adelaide Test, on Saturday reminisced what Sehwag told him during their time together at Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
“I had the luxury of coming through and being that person thrown out there – a little bit out of a testing guinea pig,” David Warner said.
Earlier in 2009, he was signed up by Delhi for the second season of the IPL and worked in details with Sehwag, who was the captain of the franchise at that time.
“When I got the opportunity to play for Delhi in the IPL and I met Virender [Sehwag] there, he sat me down. ‘He said I will be a better Test player than Twenty20 player. And I said to him,’you’re out of your mind’,” he told.
In only his fourth innings, against New Zealand, Warner smashed an unbeaten 123, and has since notched up 23 Test tons, and has scored just a shade under 7000 runs.
With his maiden Test triple-century, David Warner joined the elite class. This was the fourth-fastest Test triple hundred, and the second-highest score by an Australian ever, surpassing Don Bradman and Mark Taylor’s career-best 334.
“It just sunk into me that it’s very rare you get these opportunities,” He added. “Given there was still a lot of time left in the game, and you look up at the scoreboard and there was another 71 overs to go, and I was on 250-odd, and I thought, ‘This is probably a chance I’m never gonna get again’.
David Warner had a rather forgettable Ashes series, where he had an average of 9.50. From there to score consecutive 150+ scores against Pakistan, within the space of three months, he has bounced back with a bang.
“I’m a very confident person, whether or not I scored those runs or didn’t score my runs, I hold my head up high and have that little smirk on my face that I always have,” he concluded.