IPL win: Team work did the trick, says Warner
Bengaluru, 31 May 2016: For the second time in as many occasions but separated by seven years, a team from Hyderabad dashed the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s dream of lifting the Indian Premier League trophy. In 2009, the now-defunct Deccan Chargers had put paid to the aspirations of the Anil Kumble-led RCB by emerging eight-run winners in the final in Johannesburg.
Aussie great Adam Gilchrist led Chargers who were the underdogs to RCB then. This time, in their own bastion here, the fancied RCB were tamed by another franchise from the City of Pearls – Sunrisers Hyderabad led by another Aussie left-hander who too opened the innings for them. And not unlike Gilchrist, who was the second highest run-getter in 2009 IPL, Warner too stood at second place with 848 runs behind Virat Kohli’s 973 for the season.
Not just with the bat, Warner carried the team that had two international skippers in its ranks and a few Indian superstars, with grace and dignity. The New Southwelshman, however, underplayed his own role in his team’s triumphant march.
“It is not about me, it is about the team,” he said. “I have said this from the start: it takes a team to win a tournament. The success that we have now at the moment, that we are going to really enjoy tonight, goes down to all the support the team gets, that is from off the field -- that is from the boss, the chairman, his wife, our support staff, the players that don’t play, the eleven players who walk out on the field. It comes down to a team effort and it is a family effort. And that is why we are here today with the cup,” he offered.
SRH coach Tom Moody too heaped praise on Warner for his positive influence on the team.“David, there is no question he is a world class player, not just in this format, throughout all formats of the game, he is a dominant player,” Moody began. “He is right up there among the best in the world. We saw probably tonight three of the best players in the world playing on the same stage.
It’s pretty special for all us to be involved whether it be playing in the game or watching the game. I have enjoyed working with David because the most important thing that I draw from him is he has a relentless passion to win. He is a born winner and that rubs off on others. He has got incredible work ethic, incredible discipline and all those things are so important from a leadership point of view and that has rubbed off on the group,” he reasoned.
Inputs from team-mates
Warner acknowledged the inputs he received from his team-mates that he said went a long way in helping the team win the title.
“The plus that I had was I had two international captains (Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan) with me,” he pointed out. “It will be inappropriate for me to say that I did it all on my own, that I made decisions myself because I well and truly didn’t. I had a lot of guys talking to me, on the boundary, whether coming on the field, Tom himself.
“I had a lot of ideas bouncing off me and it was up to me to make the decision but without them guys coming to me and giving me the ideas, we wouldn’t be here today with the trophy sitting next to me and Tom at this press conference.”
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