David Warner breaches 600-run mark in IPL 2017 after 848 in 2016

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner breached the 600-run mark in this year’s Indian Premier League as he scored a 65 not out against Gujarat Lions to guide his team to the playoffs on Saturday.The defending champions had a must-win game in hand and Warner stitched a 126-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to take Hyderabad through.Once again, Warner stood tall for his team after Hyderabad had lost Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques early in chase of 155. The current Orange Cap holder has already scored 604 runs, including a century against Kolkata Knight Riders and four half-centuries.Last season as well, Warner had lead Sunrisers Hyderabad to the title, scoring a massive 848 runs on the way, falling only behind Virat Kohli’s 973 runs.This consistency from the captain has been the key to Hyderabad success but Warner said that the support he gets from the team helps him perform.”Shikhar got off to a flier but once he got out, I knew I had to play the anchor. To have the luxury to have guys come and rotate strike in the middle overs, we are very happy,” Warner said in the post-match presentation.Warner also mentioned that the wicket was tough to bat on.”With the way this wicket was, we knew this was going to be tough as the ball got older. When we lost two wickets, I was scratching my head but I spoke with Vijay. The ball was moving a bit initially,” Warner added.Warner seemed happy and relieved to have reached the playoffs and credited his bowlers for restricting Gujarat to 154 after a century-run opening stand between Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan.advertisement”It would have been a shame to miss out on the playoffs. They got to a flier and we were scratching our head. We tried to communicate after the first wicket,” Warner said about Rashid Khan’s picking up the first wicket of Dwayne Smith.”When we got couple of wickets we realized the wicket was slowing up. I told the bowlers to keep backing themselves to hit the hard length,” Warner continued.Warner also praised the performance of Mohammed Siraj, who got the man-of-match award for his 4/32, and said that India’s pace department looks strong at the moment.”Credit to Siraj for the way he bowled. He has been in an out for the last of couple of games. India are in a good stead as far as pace bowling is concerned. They have got some fantastic pace bowling names, from Bumrahs to Bhuvis to Umeshs to Ishants, the list just goes on. They keep executing their skills I think and as far as the guys in this team (Hyderabad) are concerned, they have my faith.”Warner said that from here on, they would only look be to be patient and keep executing their plans.”Obviously we are not worrying about the next few games. We could finish top two. We will take one game at a time. We have to wait patiently and execute our skills.”last_img

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