'It hurts': David Warner breaks silence after brutal dumping

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David Warner, pictured here during a Sunrisers Hyderabad game in the IPL.
David Warner looks on during a Sunrisers Hyderabad game in the IPL. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The India Today Group via Getty Images)

David Warner has spoken in depth for the first time since being axed by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

The Aussie batsman came into the T20 World Cup under immense pressure after he was dropped by Hyderabad following a run of poor form.

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He then failed to fire in two warmup matches before the World Cup, leading to questions about whether Australia could afford to pick him for the tournament proper.

However the swashbuckling opener silenced his critics in stunning fashion, scoring the second-most runs for the tournament and winning the player of the World Cup award.

Warner scored a brilliant 53 from 38 balls in Monday's final against New Zealand, helping Australia win their maiden T20 World Cup title.

His second-wicket partnership of 92 with Mitch Marsh set up the biggest chase in World Cup final history and ended Australia's 14-year drought.

Speaking in the aftermath of Australia's triumph, Warner revealed how his IPL axing lit a fire inside him.

“When you are dropped from the team you have loved the most for years without any real fault of yours and stripped of the captaincy without being given a reason, it hurts,” Warner told The Economic Times.

“At the same time, there are no complaints. The fans in India have always been there for me and it is for them that you play.

“We play to entertain. We push for excellence.”

Warner said the disappointment didn't stop him from working as hard as he ever has.

“Whatever may have been the reason for me not finding a spot in an IPL team, I can tell you I was training the hardest I ever did,” Warner said.

“I did not miss a single day. I was batting extremely well in the nets and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out.

“So yes, while it hurt, I knew I would have another opportunity.”

David Warner, pictured here after winning the T20 World Cup with Australia.
David Warner paid tribute to wife Candice after winning the T20 World Cup with Australia. Image: Getty

David Warner pays tribute to wife Candice

Warner paid a touching tribute to wife Candice and their three daughters after his triumphant moment.

"Wife, Ivy, Indi, Isla this is for you," he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with the player of the tournament trophy.

Warner finished the tournament with 289 runs at an average of 48.16 to silence his doubters.

Candice was also quick to remind the haters of their doubts after Monday morning's final.

"Out of form, too old and slow! Congratulations @davidwarner31," she tweeted.

Teammates Aaron Finch and Steve Smith were also full of praise.

“Warner’s last two weeks have been amazing,” Smith said.

“A lot of people were writing him off. He came in with exceptional intent and took the game away at the start.”

Captain Finch added: "I can't believe people wrote David Warner off couple of weeks ago.

"That's when he plays his best. It is like poking a bear."

Meanwhile, Finch was over the moon to be able to break Australia's 14-year wait for the T20 World Cup title.

"It's awesome, it really is," he said.

"There's been so much talk about this being the one that's been elusive to Australia.

"And to be fair we've probably underperformed in the past, if we're being honest with ourselves.

"We've had some great teams along the way, this team is pretty special.

"The camaraderie, the way everyone really cares for each other and looks after each other, looks out for each other is pretty special so it's awesome."

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