The odds were fair that David Warner would remain the topic of national discussion after returning to international cricket. But few would have expected his batsmanship to be under the scanner. From pundits to journalists, the question is on everybody’s mind. Sports website Roar put it the bluntest: What the heck has happened to David Warner?
Warner’s career strike rate in ODIs is 95. His strike rate in the 50 one-dayers before the 12 month-ban was 106. At the World Cup, it has been 71.84. In the 352-run chase against India, Warner played out 50 dots in scoring an 84-ball 56, including 14 in a row.
Used wickets, straight lines, shortish length and balls swinging in the 5-10 overs instead of from the get-go have been mulled as reasons. Indians chipped in with their two cents. Virat Kohli “felt like they were a bit hesitant in going for the boundary option” while Sachin Tendulkar had “never seen Warner kept quiet for such a long time. His strike rate today is unheard of.”
Compatriots, of course, have been milder. “It hasn’t been a plan, a team plan or an individual plan for David,” said captain Aaron Finch after the defeat to India. “I think they bowled really well early.”