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From IPL newbie to Test stalwart: David Warner bows out after writing his legend
Jan 02, 2024 01:23 pm

Had Delhi Daredevils (as they were then known) managed to snag Moises Henriques ahead of the second season of the Indian Premier League in 2009, there is no gainsaying what shape  David Waraner`s international career would have taken Henriques was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders instead, forcing the Daredevils to look elsewhere. Their search ended in a 22-year-old left-handed opener who attacked the ball as if he detested its very sight. At the time, Warner had not even played first-class cricket. During his early days in the IPL, a conversation with his Daredevils captain convinced Warner that he could be a genuine success in white clothing. “When I went to Delhi, (Virender) Sehwag watched me a couple of times and said to me, ‘You’ll be a better Test cricketer than what you will be a Twenty20 player’. I told him I hadn’t even played first-class cricket yet and he said, ‘All the fielders are around the bat. If the ball is there in your zone, you’re still going to hit it. You’re going to have ample opportunity to score runs It took Warner a little time to take Sehwag’s proclamation to heart. It took even more time – roughly two and a half years – for Australia’s selectors to be convinced Warner had what it took to succeed in Test cricket. And look at where the New South Welshman is today.