David Warner is one of the most commanding batsmen in IPL as he has managed to notch up three Orange Caps in the glittering history of the tournament, an award that is given to celebrate the highest run-scorer of the fray every year.
However, IPL 2020 has played host to a string of untoward events that have exposed several unflattering circumstances and tested the best in the most bizarre ways.
David Warner is trying his best comeback to form in IPL 2020
One of them is the failure of David Warner to reach a half-century in three consecutive IPL innings since 2017. Warner has held such dominant sway in IPL that it has seen the Australian opener score a half-century in every alternate or every two innings.
A rare feat, to say the least, David Warner has been showcasing his class right since his inception in the tournament. Unfortunately, this year’s IPL in UAE has challenged him in the weirdest ways.
Firstly, given the shallow batting line up of Sunrisers Hyderabad after him and Bairstow, he was compelled to change his batting style. From being a belligerent striker of the ball, he has switched to a more conservative approach, keeping in mind that once he departs, the batsmen following are untested players.
Secondly, instead of going for the ropes like his usual self, he has tried rotating the strike, allowing Bairstow to face more deliveries. The way he got out to Varun Chakravarthy against KKR was a typical example of the fact that the defensive stance has held him back more than you can anticipate.
The opening game of Hyderabad saw him getting dismissed in an unfortunate fashion when the ball clipped the bails at the non-striker’s end. Today’s dismissal of Warner against Delhi Capitals was another typical example of the Aussie struggling to find his rhythm, trying to resort to a defensive approach.
He did stitch a brilliant inning that saw him scoring 45 runs from 33 balls, smashing 3 boundaries and 2 sixes.
If the Hyderabad batsmen can offer some hope down the order, it will do a world of good to Warner, giving him the leeway to free his arms and attack the bowlers like his usual self.