ICC World Twenty20: David Warner wary of Jasprit Bumrah, ready for Ravichandran Ashwin threat

first_imgExplosive Australian opener David Warner said he was ready to deal with star Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when the two sides meet in a crunch ICC world Twenty20 match in Mohali on SundayIt is a must-win game for both the teams as the winner will make it to the semi-final of the tournament from Group 2. (Also read: In-form Virat Kohli up for Australian challenge) Warner said he was looking to facing Ashwin in the batting powerplay and insisted that he would be geared up to face the wily off-pinner. “I play at the top of the order and I have to face Ashwin at some stage in the first six overs. Both of us have had  great battles in the last eight or nine years. It has been fantastic.”At the end of the day, one of us is going to get out – he is going to get me out or I will try and hit him for boundaries. And that’s the great thing about this game, one game from the other is going to be different,” Warner said in an exclusive interview to India Today. (Also read: Dangerous Australia stand between India and semi-finals) Warner said he was confident of doing well against Ashwin after playing some innovate shots against him in the past. (Australia and India would be ready for each other, says Steve Waugh)Warner played the famous switch-hit for the first time against Ashwin, who was troubling him in the first match of the two-match T20I series back in 2012 in Sydney. Warner hit a quickfire 25 to help Australia win the match by 31 runs. advertisementThe Australian opener is now known for playing switch-hits against spinners during powerplays. Warner recollects his experience saying he was forced to play the shot to disrupt Ashwin’s rhythm. (India vs Australia will be an open game, says Sachin Tendulkar)”If I go back and look at that, I was actually two off seven balls. I had to think of something and try and take him on a little bit. I hadn’t played that shot earlier. I wanted to try it and he threw the ball wide and it was in my slot. I had a measure of him and he has had my measure in the past as well,” Warner said.Warner, who has had an average tournament so far, said the Australians were also wary of the young pacer Jasprit Bumrah.”Bumrah is a fantastic bowler. He does execute his yorkers very well. The one thing that impresses me is he can also swing the new ball both ways. It comes in very handy when you’re opening the bowling,” he said.The stocky southpaw said Bumrah could be a skiddy customer. “We have to be switched on when he comes to bowl. If you haven’t faced him, he can actually be skinnier than you think.”Meanwhile, Warner said that even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the more experienced captain, Australian skipper Steve Smith could be dangerous because of his unpredictability.  “Dhoni’s experience is ridiculous, he has been captaining the Indian side for many, many years. He has played with almost the same time for a long time. He can always throw the ball to, for example, Ashwin and Umesh Yadav whenever he wants something to happen.”Whereas, Steve Smith doesn’t have a Glenn McGrath or a Shane Warne in the team. It’s a new team. The difference between them is their experience. Experience can play a big role but unpredictability also can,” Warner said.Warner also said he found it comfortable playing alongside his captain Smith and that they were similar thinkers on the field.”We are both similar thinkers when it comes to cricket. He likes to be strategic and unpredictable because in this format, you don’t want to be too predictable. He can go out there and change his mind in a flash and generally nine times out of 10, he would make the right decision,” Warner said.last_img