Former Indian middle batsman Mohammad Kaif commented on how David Warner’s level-headedness has benefited Delhi Capitals in their eight-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Kraft praised the southpaw for using his experience and playing according to the situation.
Known as an aggressive player, Warner switched roles, breaking down in the chase and seeing his team cross the line. The veteran played his fifth half century of the season and is unbeaten on 41 balls and 52 goals.
Speaking on Sportskeeda Straight Talk, Kaif praised Warner for not rushing to the target, allowing Mitchell Marsh to be aggressive, which paid off handsomely. The former Royals batsman believes the 35-year-old has timed wisely to overpower his bellicose self.
“Warner took advantage of his experience in the chase game, given the required 8 field goal percentage and didn’t need too many big shooters. He let Mitchell Marsh retain most of the strikes, his bat produced Made the biggest number of sixes. Warner played smart and knew he needed to stay. It wasn’t an attack, it was a good knock because it showed his experience and played according to the situation.”
“I thought it was a sensational inning because everyone was expecting Warner to go mad and hit 50 on 30 or 80 on 50. It’s not a knock like that, it’s a very calm and responsible knock. .”
Warner and Marsh added 144 runs after KS Bharat succumbed to the second ball duck while chasing 160. The latter scored his first IPL in half a century, making the chase look effortless. Marsh went 3-0-25-2 before hitting 62 balls 89 to win the Player of the Match award.
“Delhi Capitals look very strong with Mitchell Marsh in their ranks” – Mohammad Kaif
Kaif credits the presence of Marsh as a huge support for the Capitals, who are firmly in third place. The 41-year-old sees it as a good sign that both Warner and Marsh are in shape and contributing well to the bat, saying:
“Derry Capitals looked very strong under Mitchell Marsh. He was bowling and Derry struggled to find a No. 3. Marsh had glimpsed before but it was a decisive knock. Derry picked him up at auction , hopefully he can play those big innings. The pair of Marsh and David Warner also got Australia to win the World Cup recently. So Derry is not only a good player, but in form and playing those big innings at the right time, the pair A plus point for Delhi.”