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IPL 2023: Lot riding on David Warner

David Warner for me is just at the top of the order, says Shane Watson

PTI Mumbai Published 25.03.23, 05:52 AM
David Warner.

David Warner. File photo

Former Australia all-rounder and assistant coach of Delhi Capitals Shane Watson says new captain David Warner will have a “point to prove” in the upcoming season of the IPL, starting on March 31.

Warner, who joined Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2022 season, has been named captain for IPL 2023 due to Rishabh Pant being ruled out following a horrific car accident in December last year.


Warner had an overall successful stint with SRH, but his poor form with the bat and his subsequent fallout with the team management was followed by an undignified exit in the 2021 season.

“David Warner for me is just at the top of the order. He’s going to continue to have a point to prove and everyone’s going to be like riding off the back of him. He’s always scored so many runs in the IPL. And to be an opening batter, and set the platform like he does is going to be very important,” Watson told Star Sports.

Watson backed Mitchell Marsh to continue with his devastating form with the bat that he displayed in the ODI series win for Australia against India.

“(For) Mitchell Marsh, this is going to be another really big season for him. He’s got incredible skill with the bat alone and how he’s batting and takes the game on is going to play a really big part,” Watson said.

Watson picked South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw as the trump card for Delhi Capitals.

“Well, one in particular is Rilee Rossouw, he’s someone you know, I’ve played with him in the Pakistan Super League for Quetta Gladiators. And to see how he has come back into international cricket and he’s a world class hitter of the ball. He can take down any bowler at any stage.”

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