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Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steven Smith during ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images

David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) this weekend. He impressed the entire cricket fraternity with his belligerent batsmanship as well as leadership as well. He stepped up every time the team was in trouble. He made sure the team gets over the line even in critical junctures. In fact, he was the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2016. In 17 matches, he amassed 848 runs at 60.57, with a strike-rate of 151.42. He was instrumental in SRH’s many victories, especially his unbeaten 93 in the Eliminator and 69 in the final against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Read: Virat Kohli, Sunrisers Hyderabad show admirable sportsmanship on Twitter

“I think a part of that is having confidence in your own game but also having the confidence of your teammates in your own game as well, that you’re almost the number one picked player. And Warner is certainly that, along with Steven smith. They’ve been exceptional for a long time now and as captain and vice-captain they’ve done a fantastic job. I think if something did happen and (Warner) had to take over, he’d do an amazing job as well,” Aaron Finch told cricket.com.au.

Finch, who played for Gujarat Lions (GL), praised Warner role in SRH’s triuph. “To lead the Sunrisers to the title I think shows how much he loved the responsibility of captaining. He led from the front with the bat, in the field he led from the front and I think as a captain he was someone who captained the way that he plays. He always took the aggressive option, he never backed down.” Read – IPL 2016: Umar Akmal congratulates David Warner on Twitter for winning ‘PSL’

SRH were not even in contention to win the title. They started off the campaign with two back-to-back defeats. “They didn’t start off the tournament overly well but I think he stuck to his guns, stuck to what he believed was right and they got the job done. It’s all about backing your ability and backing what you think is the right thing at the right time and he certainly did that. The way he dominated the tournament with the bat, but also winning close games in finals shows a lot of character from a team and a leader, so he was outstanding.”

Warner, as a matter of fact, is a great individual off the field and has been able to keep a balance between work and personal life. “I think having three girls at home would settle down anyone, wouldn’t it? The way he’s matured with his family, Candice (Warner’s daughter) has had a lot to do with that.” Read: Mitchell Marsh raring to perform in tri-series 2016 against West Indies, South Africa

“He’s someone who’s changed his lifestyle, changed everything to make the most of the talent and the career that he had laid out in front of him. Credit to him, the way he’s played in the past two years of Test cricket, one-day cricket and T20 has been unbelievable. He’s probably been the form player in the world over the past two years. So credit to him and his family,” concluded Finch.