Strange Homecoming For David Warner

Updated: 29 March 2013 12:32 IST

As a key member of the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL for the past 5  seasons, Kotla is home to Warner, it is a ground he knows almost as well as Virat or Ishant.

Little known fact about David Warner: he bats so effectively as a right hander that Trent Woodhill (his  initial coach at Sydney) thinks Warner's right handed cover drive is better than his left.

Walking up the pavilion steps at the Kotla, David Warner must have had mixed feelings about the test match. As a key member of the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL for the past 5  seasons, Kotla is home to Warner, it is a ground he knows almost as well as Virat or Ishant.

He is familiar with the bald, slow-low track in the middle, and the nature of the practise tracks. But, still, when he strides out wearing the baggy green there will be some confusion regarding why he is in the visitor's and not the home dressing room.  Also , why  Virender Sehwag, his partner in so many battles, is not by his side walking down the 20 odd steps through the Bay Area.

Warner is pucca Delhi ka Munda , he is as much at home in New Friends Colony as in New South Wales. He first came to Delhi as a promising prospect, much before making his first class debut. Now, five years on, he is a top star who plays for Australia across all three formats  and is pencilled in as a likely future leader of Australian cricket.

In many ways, Delhi and Warner are a natural fit. At the crease  Warner is not just the natural aggressive Aussie but someone who is front foot in technique as well as attitude. He is explosive and exciting, cricket's spectacular Ferrari which has an accelerator but no brakes .

Warner's batting methods are not dissimilar to those of Viru with whom he shares the basic philosophy that bowlers should be punished mercilessly, and the batsman's dharma is to  hit the ball and make runs as speedily as possible.

As part of this daring approach, Warner will go over the top as routinely as he'd push forward gently to keep a good ball out. He favours the  lofted drive, and anything short on the leg side is deposited deep in the stands at square leg.

As a senior pro Warner is now aware of his responsibility towards the team and the need to put his hand up. As part of his cricket growth, with experience, Warner has adopted the art of careful assault, he is not a slave to technique and remains unafraid to put bat to ball at the first opportunity. He also talks of team plans, forging partnerships, winning sessions and remaining involved .

Regardless of the next stage of his remarkable cricket journey, India and the Kotla will always be special for David Warner.

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