With the Border Gavaskar Trophy finally underway, there are several Indian stars to keep an eye on. David Warner, the Australian opener, was one such player. The 36-year-old has been one of Australia’s most important players over the years, and his early dismissal in the first innings could be costly for the team. Former Australia batter Steve Waugh believes Warner’s lack of confidence is to blame for his failure to perform in India. Waugh also stated that despite scoring a double century recently, the 36-year-old has had a difficult summer.
“Well, I think he has had a tough summer. I thought he made a great double hundred at the MCG. And apart from that, he has not made a lot of runs. There is an issue with his confidence, I think. I feel like he is not watching the ball as closely as he can. I am not sure if he is looking for the short ball or something else. You have to give it to Shami. That was an excellent ball. I think Warner thought it would leave him, but it came at an angle. Top ball,” Steve Waugh told Star Sports.
“Well, I think he has had a tough summer” – Steve Waugh
India is currently leading Day 1 of the first Test at Nagpur. Mohammed Shami bowled an unplayable delivery to Warner, and the 36-year-old was out for one run. He attempted to defend but failed miserably as Shami’s delivery took out Warner’s off stump through the gap between his bat and pad.
During the first day’s lunch break, former India coach Ravi Shastri commented on Warner’s performance. He stated that he noticed Warner’s negative attitude towards his footwork, which led to his early dismissal.
Talking about the same, Shastri said, “I have seen Warner with much more positive footwork. But there, he was caught on the crease. His body language when he is moving his foot says, ‘When you don’t get it right (the bowler), I am attacking’. Here, the body language suggested that he was searching. makes a big difference.”
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