Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Stint with Virender Sehwag at Delhi Daredevils made David Warner a better batsman: Aaron Finch

"What was Sehwag’s primary tip for me? Well, to try and hit them as long as possible," said Aaron Finch (File) "What was Sehwag’s primary tip for me? Well, to try and hit them as long as possible," said Aaron Finch (File)
Press Trust of India | Mirpur | Posted: March 18, 2014 4:59 pm

Talented Australian batsman Aaron Finch feels that his opening partner David Warner has become a better batsman having played alongside Virender Sehwag for four years in the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.

“Four years with Virender Sehwag at Delhi Daredevils certainly made David Warner a better batsman and helped his game a lot. Not only Warner, I have also learnt a lot from Sehwag during my stay at the Daredevils. What was Sehwag’s primary tip for me? Well, to try and hit them as long as possible,” the 27-year-old Finch said during an interaction.

When asked to elaborate about what else Viru had told them, Finch gave a detailed insight.

“Sehwag told us that the important thing about playing in the subcontinent is that at times you can try and capitalise on the new ball when the field is in. The ball is at its best for batting and that’s when you get the opportunity to get ahead in the game. That’s really the message he has sent in the past.

“The way he has batted against the new ball in Test cricket and I think Warner playing IPL with him has helped his game a lot. He once told us that guys who are successful in T20 are also successful in Test cricket,” Finch added.

“They know their game so well and they don’t go too far away from that. David Warner, Virender Sehwag, Shane Watson and Chris Gayle are guys who are successful in all forms of the game. I think it goes on to show that you just have to play good shots. Even Mahela (Jayawardene’s) presence helped us a lot.”

His strike-rate in 14 T20 Internationals has been an amazing 167.33 with a highest score of 156 but Finch says it wont be wise to compete with Warner.

“The day you try to compete with him (Warner) is the day you will lose your career pretty quickly! The reason why he can play those shots is because he is a phenomenal player. He is an unbelievable talent and so I don’t get near those shots too often. He practises quite a bit in the nets.”

Having played with him since their school cricket days have created a comfort level and Finch exactly knows what his job is.

“We are both very attacking players and I think it helps to take the pressure off each other at different times. T20 is a hard game. Being able to hit the ball right away is quite a challenge. So I am comfortable batting with someone (Warner) who can take the pressure off me and the other way round. I think most teams are so worried about the damage he can do, I just tend to fly under continued…

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