IPL 2022: Graeme Smith Discusses Why Ricky Ponting Needs To Keep David Warner Happy In His Team

Updated - 21 Apr 2022, 08:35 PM

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Graeme Smith, a former South African captain, reckons Australian batsman David Warner is a challenging guy to have around the team.

Warner feels happy in a team, as per Smith, and if he is, he will perform at his best.

David Warner
David Warner. Image: Twitter

In this year’s IPL, David Warner has already been in fantastic form, hitting his third straight fifty. Smith went into great detail about the batter’s outstanding performance in the Indian Premier League, suggesting that the left-hander is right up there along with Chris Gayle in regards of an all-time IPL XI.

“I was looking at the best IPL XI of all time, and he (Warner) was always on my mind. He is unquestionably Chris Gayle’s adversary when four foreign players are included. He’s also held a leadership position before, and his fielding is excellent.”

Last season, Warner was fired as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain following a heated brawl with the team. Hyderabad’s game was a complete disaster, and Warner was blamed for not getting off to a flying start at the front.

Warner bounced back in the T20 World Cup after being benched, assisting Australia win their first title.

He is not the easy character to have in your team: Graeme Smith

Warner was in a perfect place (Delhi Capitals) because of Ricky Ponting’s involvement in the squad, according to Graeme Smith , because the former Australian captain understands how to maintain the batsman pleased.

David Warner DC (Image Credits: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credits: Twitter)

“He’s not the easiest character to work with. Ricky Ponting understands that he needs to be happy, and he knows how to get the most out of him ” Graeme Smith  had an opinion on the subject.

DC has a busy schedule ahead of them, with their next game against Rajasthan Royals on Friday, and they will be hoping to finish in the top four of the points table.

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