India vs Australia: David Warner optimistic of turnaround, says his time will come
It has been a barren run for David Warner since arriving in India but the Australian opener is hopeful of a turnaround, saying he will soon be among runs.
Ranchi: It has been a barren run for David Warner since arriving in India but the Australian opener is hopeful of a turnaround, saying he will soon be among runs.
The left-handed opener has managed just 131 runs in six innings with a 33-run knock in the first innings of the Bangalore Test being his best so far.
Warner said there was nothing wrong with him as he was striking the ball quite well.
"I feel fantastic, I couldn't be hitting the ball any better but it's just that the runs aren't coming for me at the moment. That will come, it will turn around," Warner told reporters.
"I just have to keep being disciplined and making sure that my preparation is still the same - not change anything, and just go about my business as I do," he said.
The aggressive batsman said he was not the first cricketer to endure a tough period.
"Numbers always pop up everywhere. For me, it's about putting my best foot forward and trying to put my team in a position that we can either defend or win games. That's what that's about. Everyone in world cricket, greats and legends of the game have had stints overseas or at home (where) they've had some form slumps. That's just the game of cricket."
He said he has done it in past, emerging out of a lean patch, adding he can do it again.
"That's in the back of your mind you've got to keep telling yourself you've done the hard yards, you just don't lose it overnight. There were tough periods where I kept on thinking to myself 'am I actually doing the work at training?' I sort of second guessed myself.
"I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren't seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on and in the normal way I go about it.
"Nothing has changed, it's still the same. I've just got to go out and keep backing myself and, when I'm out there, adapt to the conditions and then keep backing myself to try and keep putting the runs on the board," he said.
Warner said he has been giving Australia steady starts with Matt Renshaw but need to convert those into big ones.
"For the team's sake we need to get off to a good start," Warner said.
"As a partnership, me and Renners have been getting off to an okay start. None for 50 over here, you need those to be none for 100. We've seen the Indians do it before, batting big and (making) partnerships of 200.
India thumped Australia by eight wickets in a warm-up game with Rohit Sharma (60), K L Rahul (39) and Suryakumar Yadav (38) all getting some runs under their belts.
Finch reiterated that a struggling David Warner, who was dropped from Sunrisers Hyderabad playing team during the fag end of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, would be ready for the T20 World Cup.
The India opener said the performances put in by the bowling unit, led by Jhulan Goswami in the ODIs and one-off Test and by Shikha Pandey in the T20Is, was the biggest positive for the India women's cricket team in their recent multi-format series in Australia.