David Warner, normally aggressive and always keen to be in the thick of action, has sometimes come across as a laid-back captain for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ninth editon of the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Sunrisers’ bowlers were in the middle of a carnage against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening match this season with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers getting stuck into the attack. It did not help Warner that his most experienced bowler, Ashish Nehra went down to injury after bowling only 2.1 overs.Things got worse when the young Sarfaraz Khan played a breathtaking cameo, smashing 35 off only 10 balls. Warner looked lost and he had no idea how to use a strong bowling attack to stem the run-flow. Overall, it did not paint a very good picture for Warner, the captain.And when Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their first home game of the season to two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the alarm bells started to ring. Next up were the defending champions Mumbai Indians, who despite their inconsistency, were cetain to be a tough challenge.But last night, all of Warner’s plans finally fell into place. Kumar, who has struggled to cement his place after making a comeback to the Indian squad earliet this year, suddenly found rhythm again. And Barinder Sran, who made an impression on his ODI debut in Australia in January, worked up decent pace. The duo was oustanding – in eight overs between them, they conceded only 45 runs and picked four wickets. (Warner blitz helps Sunrisers Hyderabad register first win )advertisementKumar, who gave away only 17 off his four overs, gave credit to Warner for his sensational spell. The Australian southpaw, it now appears, believes in simply letting his bowlers be.”He (Warner) is totally a bowler’s captain and has never changed that outlook about himself. He leaves it completely to the thought process of the bowler and gives complete freedom.”He does tell you a bit about possible changes but mostly he gives a free hand to the bowlers that gives confidence to the bowler,” Kumar told iplt20.com.Sran, who had dismissed Warner on his international debut in Adelaide only three months back, lauded his skipper for showing immense confidence in his bowlers.”Warner asks me to set my field, and bowl according to my plans. He always says do what you feel is right and bowl accordingly. He gives the bowlers immense confidence.”Warner is not as expressive as Kohli nor does he appear to be constantly in the bowlers’ ears like Steve Smith, the Australian skipper. The 29-year-old, who has been the protagonist of several controversies in the past, has shown that he is finally ready to set sail as a great leader of men.The stocky opener has been in good form with the bat too. After being relegated to the middle-order during Australia’s disappointing ICC World T20 campaign, Warner promoted himself up the order and has slammed two half-centuries already. His 58 against RCB came in a losing cause but the unbeaten 90 against a strong Mumbai Indians attack has sent a strong signal to the rest of the teams.Australian captains have a great history in the IPL. Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist have worked wonders with limited talent in their disposal.Will Warner follow in their steps?
To celebrate National Cask Ale Week 2009 (6-13th April), Skyscanner takes a look at the world’s biggest beer drinking nations. Pack your pint glass and become a beer tourist in the planet’s best places to sample nature’s nectar.1. Czech Republic (beer consumption per capita: 156.9 litres) – in at the top spot, it’s the Czechs who down 156.9 litres of the amber nectar per capita every year! Known worldwide for beers such as Pilsner Urquell and Budvar – the original Budweiser, it’s perhaps not surprising the Czechs drink so much of the stuff.Skyscanner favourite beer: Staropramen.Find flights to Czech Republic 2. Ireland (131.1 litres) – home to many great brews, including Guinness, one of the biggest beer brands around, it’s no big surprise that the Irish are big on beer. Be sure to visit Dublin’s Guinness Brewery to learn how the black gold is brewed, see their famous advertising campaigns and of course enjoy your free sample.Skyscanner favourite beer: Kilkenny.Find cheap flights to Ireland 3. Germany (115.8 litres) – Oktoberfest, which actually begins in September, is Germany’s biggest celebration of beer, but the Germans are big drinkers all year round, consuming 115.8 litres per capita annually. There are many styles to choose from: try a Bavarian Weissbeer (white beer), Rauchbier (smoked beer) or if you’re tough enough – bock, a strong lager over 6.4% alcohol – prost!Skyscanner favourite beer: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.Find cheap flights to Germany 4. Australia (109.9 litres) – the Aussies love a cold ‘stubbie’, but regional brand loyalty is very strong Down Under, meaning that many stick to the beer of their home state (for example, Queenslanders drink Castlemaine XXXX, Victorians drink Victoria Bitter etc). However, the numbers of microbrewers are growing, especially in cosmopolitan city areas, where a much wider range of beer is on offer.Skyscanner favourite beer: Tooheys New.Find cheap flights to Australia5. Austria (108.3 litres) – Austrian beer isn’t world renowned, but in Vienna it’s all about the microbreweries. The most famous is the Schweizerhaus in the Vienna Prater, but the pub ‘1516’ in the city centre (named after the year of origin of the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ beer purity law) and ‘7 Sterne Bräu’ near the big Mariahilferstraße shopping street come highly recommended.Skyscanner favourite beer: Zwickel Bier.Find cheap flights to Austria6. UK (99 litres) – though lager is readily available in the UK, it’s real ale that Britain does best. Available in thousands of varieties, real ale is brewed from traditional ingredients and allowed to mature naturally in the barrel, resulting in a rich tasting beer with great character.Skyscanner favourite beer: Deuchars IPA. Find cheap flights to the UK7. Belgium (93 litres) – said to comprise the most diverse national collection of beer in the world, it’s little wonder that Belgiums rank in the world’s top 10 biggest beer drinkers. From pale ale, to Flemish red, to fruit flavoured brews and monastic ales, Belgium’s long standing brewing experience and experimentation means they are held as perhaps the greatest beer nation on earth.Skyscanner favourite beer: Duvel.Find cheap flights to Belgium8. Denmark (89.9 litres) – the Danish beer market is dominated by pale lager which accounts for 95% of total sales, but a microbrewery explosion since the turn of the millennium means that Denmark now has one of the most exciting beer cultures in Europe.Skyscanner favourite beer: Tuborg.Find cheap flights to Denmark9. Finland (85 litres) – not a country known for its beer, but the relatively recent relaxation of alcohol laws in Finland has led to an explosion of craft beers and microbreweries. The Helsinki beer festival in April offers over 400 different beers for boozers to try.Skyscanner favourite beer: Karhu.Find cheap flights to Finland10. Luxembourg (84.4 litres) – perhaps an unexpected result, but even though Luxembourg is tiny, it has at least seven breweries and has plenty of good brews for the beer tourist to try, mostly influenced by the brewing styles of their German neighbours.Skyscanner favourite beer: Bofferding.Find cheap flights to Luxembourg_World’s biggest beer drinkers measured in beer consumed (in litres) per capita per country according to research by Kirin Holdings._ ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCape Town tipples: The best breweries and distilleries to visitArtisan community transforming Cape Town’s industrial heart – Pick the perfect craft beer to go with your burger – Find out where to try uniquely South African botanically-infused gin – Choose the best distillery tours and beer-making workshops7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. 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