When you are one of the best batsmen in the team and a senior member, there remains always an extra pressure in the mind. The responsibility is immense and it gets bigger when runs don’t come from the bat.
David Warner, the destructive Aussie opener is well known for scoring big runs with quick pace and making hundreds after hundreds in Test matches but unfortunately that is only seen in home conditions.
In subcontinent, Warner struggles a lot especially against the spinners. He had a very poor time with the bat in the recent tours against India & Sri Lanka and failed to score any century.
Warner started Bangladesh tour under all sorts of pressure and all eyes were on him for the critics. In the first innings against Bangladesh, same old David Warner was seen as he was trapped lbw for just 8 runs.
But there’s a saying “expect the unexpected” and Warner played an unexpected innings in the second innings out of nowhere. When it looked like Australia were all set for a humiliating defeat after losing 2 wickets for just 28 runs chasing 265 runs, David Warner was playing aggressively in the other end.
Well, attack is the best defense and Warner knew that pretty well. He handled the Bangladeshi spinners with ease and brought back Australia to the game through building a solid partnership with Steven Smith.
But it wasn’t enough as Australia’s collapse began after Shakib Al Hasan took both the wickets and send them back to the pavilion.
But nothing can be taken away from David Warner as he ended up scoring his 19th Test hundred with 16 fours & 1 six and rated it as his best Test hundred.
After the match, David Warner said in the press conference, “When things were not going my way, I had thought of defending rather than trying to set myself a platform looking to score.”
“It is about trusting my game, and that is having that attacking approach with defense at the back of my mind. It takes time to get used to these conditions, and hopefully, my time has come now. That took probably longer than I expected, but I’ve got to keep taking the same mindset.”
David Warner has finally grew belief in himself that he can score runs in this kind of tracks now. That’s certainly a good news for Australia & his fans, but not good news for the Tigers as he will be all pumped up in the 2nd Test starting from 4th September in Chittagong.
– Saif Ahmed Chowdhury