IPL 2016: David Warner a bowler’s captain, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgDavid 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?last_img read more