David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner (AFP Photo)

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is highly impressed with David Warner who returned from a year-long ban to lead the batting charts in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League.

Warner, in a stunning performance, ransacked 692 runs from 12 IPL matches including a century and eight fifties before returning home to link up with the Australian squad for their World Cup camp. In his final game of the season, Warner led a dominant batting performance, scoring 81 off 56, to lead SRH to a 45-run win against Kings XI Punjab keeping their playoff hopes alive.

“He (Warner) has had a turbulent last year or so, made worse by an elbow injury, and we were a little apprehensive at the start of the season that he might be a bit rusty,” Laxman wrote in his column for The Times of India on Wednesday. “But Davey was truly outstanding. When the schedule was out, we all knew that he would be available for 12 games.”

The batting legend called Warner one of the most impactful players in the league’s 12-year history. “To fuse consistency with a high strike-rate speaks volumes of Davey’s skills. It’s no surprise that he is a true match-winner, and one of the most impactful players in IPL history,” he opined.

Laxman revealed that Warner had messaged SRH coach Tom Moody promising 500 runs through the season, something which he achieved with aplomb. He left India with 692 runs – the most in the season so far.

“We were in the middle of a shoot in Hyderabad when Davey messaged head coach Tom Moody, promising us 500 runs for the season. It was no empty boast. It’s one thing to set goals, but the determined manner in which Davey chased it down was wonderful to watch,” Laxman wrote.

He added, “He eventually signed off with 692 runs, one of the main reasons why we are in with a shot at the play-offs. Davey is fortunate that he has tremendous mental resolve and, in his wife Candice, a very strong support system.”