PAK vs AUS: Virender Sehwag Picks David Warner's Exceptional 180 Against India His Favorite Knock

Published - 03 Jan 2024, 05:28 PM

Virender Sehwag and David Warner
Virender Sehwag and David Warner (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag recently selected his favorite innings from David Warner, who is currently playing his final Test match. Virender Sehwag emphasized David Warner’s ability to single-handedly impact the game within a couple of sessions.

Warner showcased his brilliance against India with an impressive 180 off 159 balls in the third Test in Perth in 2012. He reached his century in just 69 balls, setting a record as the fastest by a Test opener at that time. The southpaw scored 110 runs with boundaries.

The 37-year-old batter had an impressive record against India across formats, scoring 1,218 runs in 21 Tests, which included four hundreds and three half-centuries. The opener accumulated 1,222 runs in the ODI format, comprising three centuries and nine half-centuries.

It Has To Be That 180 He Made At The WACA – Virender Sehwag

In an interview with Cricbuzz, Virender Sehwag highlighted his favorite innings from Warner, choosing the exceptional knock of 180 runs at the WACA. He emphasized how Warner reached a century by the tea break and single-handedly sealed the match.

“It has to be that 180 he made at the WACA against us in 2011. It was outstanding batting and he’d made the century by the tea-break and also finished the match off single-handedly by then. It was also an innings that summed up David Warner the Test batter, the ability to finish the game off like that and so quickly and what he’s gone on to achieve is very special,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

David Warner Will Never Get Out – Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag expressed satisfaction in watching David Warner play Test cricket, even though he was in the opposition. Sehwag mentioned advising his bowlers to treat Warner like a T20 batter in that match, aiming to restrict his scoring.

“When we played in that Test match in Perth (2012, Warner hit 180 (159), the quickest century by an opener in Tests at the time), I told my bowlers don’t bowl to him like it’s a Test match. Bowl to him like it’s a T20, stop him scoring so that he then gets out. If you can’t stop him scoring, then he will never get out,” Sehwag stated.

David Warner Set To Retire From Test Cricket After New Year’s Test

David Warner, who made his Test debut in 2011, is nearing retirement as one of Australia’s all-time greats in the format. The left-handed batter is currently participating in his farewell Test against Pakistan at his home ground, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), in Sydney.

Warner is Australia’s fifth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, having scored over 8,695 runs in 111 Tests with an average of 44.58. The batter recorded 26 centuries and 36 half-centuries in his illustrious career. He (335) smashed one triple century in his Test career.

Despite entering the Pakistan series with doubts about his form, the 37-year-old silenced critics with a stellar performance in the first Test. Warner scored a remarkable 164 in the series opener in Perth. Warner will retire from Tests on his own terms, leaving a lasting impact.

Also read: AUS vs PAK: Former Cricket Australia Director Commends David Warner For His Action After Ball-Tampering Scandal

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