The Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup, David Warner, stated that he wouldn’t have been able to do what wicket-keeper batter, Matthew Wade, did in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan last year.
Wade smashed three sixes in a row off Pakistan’s best bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, to win the match for the Aussies from a point of no return. It also included a couple of stunning scoops right over the keeper’s head. Speaking about the audacity of the shots on the show, Backstage with Boria, Warner said:
“In those situations, I can’t play the shot that he plays. If I was out there, I would never have hit that six because I can’t play that shot. Having a guy like him to come in like he did… Specifically in Australia, they wrote Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis off. They said they can’t win games for Australia. Yes, they can. They won the biggest game for us.“
“Matthew Wade – he will always ramp” – David Warner
Having played with Wade for a while, Warner knew that Wade would attempt the scoop shot on any delivery that is bowled full. Shaheen’s extra pace also assists with the ramp shot as the batter doesn’t have to do much apart from making the connection with the ball.
“The one thing that stood out for us was, and this is no disrespect to Shaheen, experience plays a big role in big games. Matthew Wade, he will always ramp. Shaheen Afridi’s best delivery is going to be a yorker.“
“If he misses his yorker, and if Wade hits him behind (the wickets), even with a fielder back, it’s going to go for six because he is bowling at 150 kph. If you don’t execute it properly, you are going to drop it short. That’s exactly what he did,” Warner added.
Australia went on to win the final by beating New Zealand to record their first-ever T20 World Cup title.