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‘I didn’t need extra motivation’ – David Warner on his match-winning knock against Hyderabad

By Daniel S

May 6, 2022

Owing to the history between David Warner and Hyderabad, several fans were eagerly waiting for the opener to play against his former franchise. It is to be noted that Warner was sacked from captaincy by Hyderabad during the Indian T20 league 2021. He was then subsequently dropped from their XI as well. Besides, they didn't even retain him ahead of the mega auction.

As it was Delhi who acquired his services, fans were excited for the game between the Rishabh Pant-led side and Hyderabad. Warner didn't disappoint as he played an absolute gem of an innings. The Aussie batter scored 92 from 58 balls. His knock turned out to be a match-winning one as the Delhi-based franchise beat the Kane Williamson-led side by 21 runs.

Thus, Warner went on to win the player of the match award as well. During the post-match presentation, he drew light on the game. However, he stated that he didn't really need any extra motivation on playing against Hyderabad.

"It's a really nice wicket, I've had some success here. I knew if I played my strokes, it was going to come off. Challenging here in Mumbai with the humidity and I was cooked there towards the back end, I am getting older. Having Rovman at the other end was amazing. I was glad he was at the other end. I didn't need extra motivation (playing against Hyderabad), we've seen what's happened before in the past, it was good to get the win on the board," said David Warner during the post-match presentation.

He also had heaps of praises for Rovman Powell. He was impressed with the Windies batter's hitting-ability. Warner then stated that he had told Powell that he was going to run two during the last over irrespective of him getting run-out. However, the 28-year-old scored 19 runs in the final over the first innings.

“I was baking up towards the end there. It was a bit silly of me trying to run fast. Man, he hits them clean and gee they go a long way. I said to him (Powell), I am running two no matter what and I don't care if I get run-out. I am just glad he could clear the fence," he added.