IPL 2022: David Warner said he is excited to be working with Rishabh Pant.© BCCI/IPL
It’s a perfect homecoming for Australian opener David Warner as he returns to the franchise that started his IPL career: Delhi Capitals. The lead-off hitter is expected to play his first game of IPL 2022 on Thursday against the Lucknow Super Giants. The T20 World Cup winning player is hoping for a good batting performance for the Delhi Capitals and he would aim to give the Rishabh Pant-led squad their second win of the current season. Before the match against LSG, Warner said he is delighted to be rejoining the camp in Delhi.
The Australian had started his IPL career with the Delhi franchise in 2009. Of course, it was then known as the Delhi Daredevils.
“It’s exciting to be back in the franchise that played a big part in the beginning of my IPL career. There are some familiar faces and there are some new faces so I’m excited to go in,” said the Australian in an official edition.
When asked about his thoughts on Captain Rishabh Pant, Warner said: “I want to learn how to play Rishabh’s one-handed shots. He’s a young guy learning the ropes of leadership and he’s an integral part of the Indian team like Well I’m excited and can’t wait to punch him in the middle.”
The left-handed Australian is also delighted to be working with head coach Ricky Ponting and spoke about how the World Cup captain commands respect within the franchise.
“Ricky has had quite a bit of success at DC. He was a great leader for Australia and now he has a lot of respect as a coach. I look forward to working with him. We just have to put our best foot forward and play a complete game. Fielding is the biggest part of the game and if we can hold our catches and field as best we can, we can go a long way in this tournament,” said Warner.
Delhi had won their first game of the season but they failed to back it up after losing to the Gujarat Titans. Delhi Capitals now has the services of Warner and Anrich Nortje and this will give the franchise some much needed ammunition.
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