Former India opener and 2011 World Cup winner Virender Sehwag has opened up about how the current Delhi Capitals batter David Warner, who wasn’t always an ideal professional. Sehwag disclosed how Warner would attend a lot of parties and wouldn’t focus on his cricket. Warner joined Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2009 and was released after the 2013 season where Sehwag was the captain.
While talking on one of the shows, Sehwag expressed, “I too have vented out my frustrations on a couple of players and David Warner was one of them. Because when he had joined newly, he partied more than believing in practice or playing matches. In the first year, he had a fight with a few players so we sent him back for the last two matches.”
“So sometimes it happens that you keep someone out to teach them a lesson. He was new so it was important to show him that you alone are not important for the team, others are too. There are other players who can play and win the match for the team too. And that’s what happened. We kept him out of the team and won as well”, Sehwag revealed.
Since those days, Warner has been one of the most consistent players in world cricket and has dominated the IPL season after season. In Delhi’s last match, the New South Wales native scored 92 runs and won the player of the match award against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the post-match interview, he talked about his performance and batting with Rovman Powell. He said, “It’s a really nice wicket, I’ve had some success here. I knew if I played my strokes, it was going to come off.”
“Having Rovman at the other end was amazing. I was glad he was at the other end. I didn’t need extra motivation (playing against SRH), we’ve seen what’s happened before in the past, it was good to get the win on the board. It was a little bit silly of me to try and run fast (while batting with Powell),” he continued.
The Delhi Capitals will next face MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, May 8 at the DY Patil Stadium.