In the world of cricket if you don’t feel David Warner’s presence on the field you will definitely feel his off-field presence. The swashbuckling southpaw is one of the vital cogs of Australia’s batting line up.
When he gets going it is a difficult task for bowlers to stop him. But apart from his cricketing excellence his involvement in controversies often put him under the scanner. He could be a good as a batsman but is he really a gentleman of this 140-year-old game? The answer is outright no.
When Warner bats it is a treat for fans to watch him. Nevertheless, his involvement in image affecting controversies draws ire from every flank of the game. From cricket pundits and spectators nobody spares him to criticize for his involvement in a verbal duel in Durban Test.
Warner’s duel with South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock once again showed that Warner has not learnt from his mistakes that he made in the past.
His conflict with De Kock has now been the talk of the town. The personal attack was the core to this fight between two top stars of world cricket.
De Kock’s, who is not known for such verbal duel on the field, his Australian counterpart Warner is infamous for sledging opponents and he often gets ready for inflicting a physical blow to his opponent. Must read: ‘Amazing’ AB de Villiers bats South Africa into lead in second Test
In 2013 Ashes in England, Warner and Joe Root were involved in a fight at a bar in Bristol. Warner’s punch on Root’s face has broken the latter’s nose. After this incident, Warner was slapped with a ban by the Cricket Australia.
Even Warner promised that he would not get involved in such incidents and personal attacks. But in 2015 triangular series in Australia, his verbal duel with Indian opener Rohit Sharma was another example of his problem.
It was not Rohit who provoked Warner but the Australian didn’t shy to sledge Indian batsman to restrict him from scoring runs. However, it didn’t work out as the Indian batsman gave a fitting reply to the Aussie.
Australian are notorious for sledging opponents to get under their skins. But, nowadays cricketers from across the world don’t shy away to sledge back the Aussies. This trend hurts their egos and Warner can’t just tolerate it.
He never wants to keep himself dominated by the oppositions. This is a good mindset when one keeps it restricted to the field. Notwithstanding, Warner doesn’t believe in this strategy as he gets ready to take on-field rivalries off the field.
The Australian’s problem is he never can see himself on the receiving end so when an opposition cricketer gives it back to him he just can’t digest it. Even after the CA has fine 75 per cent of his match fee Warner is yet to stop his lip service.
The southpaw needs to stop this and concentrate on the game as it is the way for playing cricket. Warner might have forgotten this. Hence someone should tell him cricket is a game of bat and ball sledging and verbal conflict have no space in the game of cricket.