David Warner had a brilliant outing against Sri Lanka in Australia's second 20-20 World Cup game. The southpaw managed to break the form slump and scored a match-winning 65 to give Australia their second win. The southpaw was seen at his usual fluent best and managed to score those runs at a healthy strike rate of 154.76. The 34-year-old was all smiles at the end of this vital knock.
During the post-match press conference, Warner saw a few Coca-Cola bottles on the desk and tried to do a Cristiano Ronaldo by removing them, only to be asked to keep them back. The southpaw was left red-faced and sarcastically added, "If it is good for Cristiano, it is good for me".
Ronaldo had dismissed the aerated drink bottles in a post-match conference at the Euros in June. The footballer instead showed water bottles and indirectly gave a message to avoid drinking Coco-Cola. Ronaldo’s stunt affected the brand which resulted in a $ 5.2 billion loss to the company.
“if it’s good enough for Cristiano, it’s good enough for me” pic.twitter.com/Nyc7NfyKEs
— Thakur (@hassam_sajjad) October 28, 2021
Coco-Cola though is the main sponsor for the 20-20 World Cup. It has inked a five-year deal with Cricket's governing body.
Warner may have failed in recreating Ronaldo’s famous Coco-Cola stunt but he will be happy to overcome his lean patch. Before the showpiece event, there were concerns regarding his form. However, the Australia management backed Warner to come good come the global event. The Australian camp will be pleased to see Warner return to form. Taking about his lean phase, Warner said he was not worried about the same as it's part and parcel of a cricketer's life.
"Everyone was talking about my form, which I reiterated was not a thing I was worried about," he said. "It was about going out there and starting well. That's all we're trying to do, apply pressure to the bowlers.”
The 34-year-old also dismissed thoughts of shutting the critics down said a sportsperson has to experience highs and lows throughout his career. "Shutting the critics down? No, never. That's the world of sport. When you ride the highs, you've got to ride the lows and you've got to stay confident, keep a smile on your face, and never let it get to you."