Delhi Capitals were defeated in a thriller last night as Mumbai Indians claimed their first win of the season. While David Warner is once again doing well in the Indian Premier League, his strike rate has raised eyebrows. He is not at his usual best, and his strike rate of 114.83 is overall slowing the Delhi Capitals batting.
Poor strike rate
Shikhar Dhawan from Punjab Kings is leading the batting chart of IPL 2023 currently with 225 runs from three games while Warner is just behind him with 209 runs from four games. Warner who has been a popular name in IPL circuit is famous for his hard-shitting ability. But this time he looks different. In the latest match against Mumbai Indians, he was seen top scoring for his side with 51 off 47 but the half-century came in the 16th over.
Warner scored 56 off 48 balls against Lucknow Super Giants, 37 off 32 against Gujarat Titans, 65 off 55 against Rajasthan Royals before he scored another half-century in Tuesday’s clash against Mumbai. While Dhawan has a strike rate of 149, Warner has the lowest of the top nine batters-114.83. No wonder, fans and critics cannot stop commenting on the same. But former Australian pacer Shaun Tait has backed the Delhi Capitals captain.
Shaun Tait defends Warner
“You can quite clearly see on his face and his reactions after shots or missed shots, that he’s pretty frustrated as well. The only reason that’s acceptable is because other guys around him have been pretty poor as well. Because he’s such a great player, he manages to score and lead the runs.”
He added while speaking to EspnCricinfo, “With David Warner getting towards the end of his career, maybe that’s the thing. With such a great player, a legend of the game, you expect him to come out of that and go back to something we’re used to.” Taut further explained, “We don’t know what discussions he and (Delhi coach) Ricky Ponting have been having about his batting, ‘do you want to bat a bit longer?’ that sort of thing. My opinion is it’s great to watch him when he hits them around early and attacks early.”