He has the right temperament and is immensely talented. So, when the Australian selectors named batsman David Warner in the Twenty20 team on Thursday, Delhi Daredevils vice-president TA Sekhar wasn’t surprised.
“That day is not far when Warner will be a part of Australia’s ODI team,” Sekhar told TOI on Thursday. A left-hand opener from New South Wales, Warner has already signed a two-year deal with the Delhi Daredevils and has the potential to bail his team out in pressure situations, insists Sekhar.
“Sehwag wanted an explosive batsman and someone who can hit the ball well. A batsman who can make use of the first 10 overs and make some impact to get the right momentum. So, last year in July when I was in Australia, I saw Warner bat during the Emerging Players tournament. In one of the matches against India Emerging team, Australia were tottering at 83 for 6 but Warner was unfazed. He made a quickfire 89 off 60 balls and I was impressed,” Sekhar said.
“Then again, I saw a match against Tasmania in Australia’s domestic one-day tournament, where David cracked 92 off 50 balls. His 155 against South Australia was simply amazing. He scored another 100 against South Africa Emerging team and I was convinced about his talent. I knew Warner would make it big. I am glad that the Australian selectors are taking a note of his batting,” Sekhar added.
According to Sekhar, Delhi Daredevils’ batting this year is going to revolve around Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Warner, AB De Villiers, Manoj Tiwary and Dinesh Karthik.