David Warner bats right-handed: Banned Australian batsman surprised everyone by putting on display a different version of his batting.
During the 18th match of the sixth season of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League between Sylhet Sixers and Rangpur Riders at Sylhet, Sixers captain David Warner astonished one and all by batting right-handed in the penultimate over of the match.
Having taken the courageous step, Warner reaped instant success as he was witnessed hitting a six and a couple of fours to up the ante during the slog overs.
David Warner at the BPL:
– Took guard as a right-hander
– Hit Chris Gayle for six
– Hit Chris Gayle for four
– Played a reverse sweep
– Hit another four
– Scored 16 runs from the over
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 16, 2019
David Warner batter right-handed in a BPL game today (scored 14 off 3 balls as a righty)
Other instances (ones I remember):
Sunil Gavaskar for Bombay v Karnataka in Ranji Trophy SF 1981-82
Saleem Malik at No. 11 in 1986 Faisalabad Test helped Akram to complete his maiden Test 50
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 16, 2019
David Warner you genius missed to balls as left hander played next two balls as right hander smashed 6 & 4 and completed his 62 T20 fifty
— Usman Satti (@usmansatti476) January 16, 2019
After Riders captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and chose to field, Liton Das (70) and Sabbir Rahman (20) stitched a 73-run opening partnership for their team. Warner’s experiment of batting at No. 3 brought success for the Sixers as they ended up scoring 187-5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
Warner, who came in to bat in the ninth over, ended up scoring 61* (36) with the help of six fours and two sixes.
In the penultimate over bowled by Riders opening batsman Chris Gayle, Warner scored two runs in the first three balls. Perhaps, finding it difficult to score runs against the off-spinner, the 32-year old cricketer chose to bat right-handed.
Why is it that when David Warner plays ambidextrous with his bat, it is acceptable, even innovative but when a bowler like Shiva Singh does something different like a 360° rotation during the run-up- it is deemed a dead ball, even considered bizarre? #BPL2019 #BPL #BreakTheCode https://t.co/Fl4VAkjz2Y
— Dylin (@bookstagram95) January 16, 2019
@davidwarner31 has been on 🔥🔥🔥today for the Sylhet Sixers. Awesome knock with the bat & then a meta-human fielding effort at mid-on. Looked fab in slo-mo..!!! 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 International cricket needs him back asap. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼#BPLT20
— Moinak Das (@d_moinak) January 16, 2019
David Warner is now batting right-handed at the BPL. Not kidding. No switch hits, taking guard as a right-hander. Has hit Gayle for a six and four and then plays reverse sweep.
All very meta.
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 16, 2019
On the fourth ball of the over, a right-handed Warner smashed Gayle for a six over his head. With the field set for a right-handed batsman, Warner hit the next delivery past the square leg fielder for a four. To further increase the drama, Warner reverse-swept the last delivery which went for another boundary through the third-man region.
After being dismissed for 68 in their last match yesterday, Sixers would be relieved to post a formidable total this time round.
Watch the full video below:
— Mushfiqur Fan (@NaaginDance) January 16, 2019