New Delhi:David Warner, who hammered an unbeaten 107 to help Delhi Daredevils thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 40 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Monday, said he was lucky to have scored his first IPL hundred after almost being stranded at 96.
Warner had walked back after Murali Kartik claimed to have him caught and bowled in the 18th over when the Australian was on 96 but returned to complete his century after the field officials referred the decision to the TV umpire who ruled him not out.
"I knew that Kartik had floored the ball but at the heat of the moment he might have thought that he got it clean. As a team player I had to walk back. But I saw the umpires making consultations and the TV umpire said not out. I think I was lucky today (to score a century)," Warner said at the post-match press conference.
"I am happy that I scored my first IPL century. I am proud of myself but the most satisfying was that my team won today. I want to continue my form and help my side win more matches," he said.
"Lot of credit goes to coach Greg Shipperd. He is the best batting coach I have ever had," he added.
He said the Daredevils have a lot of depth in batting and hoped that they would continue to post big totals in coming matches.
"We have a lot of depth in batting. I won't say we are the best batting side but we are one of the best batting sides. We have the luxury that the number eight can even bat. After the top four or five are out we have people who can hit boundaries and score quickly," he said.
Warner refused to be over optimistic that the Daredevils, after today's win, are in a good position to qualify for the semifinals.
"I don't want to look that far and we will take one match at a time. We have a good chance to be in the semifinals but we have to keep going the winning momentum," said the Australian.
Asked what transpired between him and Englishman Paul Collignwood duirng their 128-run stand for the fourth wicket which revived the Daredevils innings after the home side were down 38 for three inside three overs, he said, "We were telling each other that we should first think of scoring 50 and then go forward and keep wickets. We knew that if we score 160-170 it would be difficult for Kolkata Knight Riders to chase it down.
"He (Collingwood) is the captain of his country's Twenty20 side and he is much senior to me. We kept talking to each other and I guess we listened to each other," Warner said.
Warner also said that he learnt a lot batting at the top of the order with Virender Sehwag.
"I grew up watching Sehwag bat and saw him in television destroying bowlers. And now I am batting with him at the other end. It was a nice feeling and I think I have learnt a lot batting with him at the top of the order," he said.
Knightriders all-rounder David Hussey said his side failed to execute their plans and was disappointed to have lost the match.
"We have plans A, B and C but we failed to execute them on the field. The total was chaseable but I think it was 10-20 runs more as our bowlers could not bowl the yorkers in the death overs," he conceded.
"David (Warner) played one of his best innings and that made the difference," he added.
Asked why Ishant Sharma bowled just one over today, he said, "He might not have bowled at his best today."
"We did not have the X-factor today. We also missed fast bowler Shane Bond. He is a world class bowler," he said.
He said KKR would bounce back in their next match against Deccan Chargers at home.
"We play our next match at home, at the Eden Gardens in front of a packed crowd. Hopefully we rectify our mistakes and bounce back in that match," he said.