David Warner plays street cricket with Indian fans ahead of ODI
The Aussie opener has been filmed taking part in a street cricket game with locals.
David Warner has given some young budding cricketers a moment of a lifetime having taken part in a street cricket game with locals after his return to India. Warner recently returned to India after the Test series having been sent home with a fractured elbow after the second Test.
The opener rejoined the squad ahead of the three game One-Day International series that starts on Friday. And ahead of the limited-over series Warner was seen taking up guard against some kids in a game of street cricket.
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There is no secret Warner is adored in India through all the time he has spent playing the Indian Premier League. This was seen when Warner arrived in Dehli and was surrounded by a number of security guards.
And the opener would have given the young budding cricketers a lifelong memory after getting to play with the Aussie great. The cricket-mad country was full of praise for Warner's 'down to earth' gesture, which would have meant a lot to the children.
What a lovely and amazing human being. One of my favourite cricketers and one of India's favourite overseas cricketers.
Huge respect & regards.
— Rohan Pramod Manoor (@rohanmanoor) March 15, 2023
He is the one of the most loved foreign cricketer in India currently… SRH’s big loss not have him
— Pinal (@bravo571) March 15, 2023
Down To Earth @davidwarner31 ❤️
— Oggy 💙 (@SirOggyBilla) March 15, 2023
He is lovely man and always loves Indian culture @davidwarner31 ❤
— Pratham Verma (@prathamverma716) March 15, 2023
They will all remember that forever , what a lovely experience for them
— John Russell (@JohnRus99074876) March 15, 2023
Earlier in the tour, Warner was captured in wild scenes as a number of security guards escorted him through the airport due to his popularity. Australian captain Pat Cummins joked at the beginning of the India Tour that Warner was more popular than Virat Kohli after the team witnessed fans swarm the opener as he arrived in the country.
Warner joins Ashton Agar in returning to India after the allrounder left the Test squad having not been selected for the first two matches. Luckless fast bowler Jyhe Richardson was last week ruled out of the series, with Tasmania's Nathan Ellis called in to take his place.
David Warner's Test career in the balance
Warner's Test series in India has raised huge doubts over his participation in the Test Championship Final and the Ashes in a few months. Scores of 10 and one in Nagpur has seen Warner's average drop to 21.78 in India across his career. Other than his double century at the MCG last year, Warner's most recent scores read 15, 10, 1, 10, 3, 0, 28, 21, 48, 5, 24, 5, 10* and 25.
Pressure is mounting on the 36-year-old who wants to fight for his spot in the Ashes. To make matters worse for Warner, his record in England isn't too far off his Indian record. Warner averages only 26.04 from 25 innings when facing the Duke ball. Stuart Broad has dismissed the left-hander the most of any bowler in Test cricket.
But with Travis Head returning to the starting team and performing so well in India, there are question marks about whether Warner has played his final Test already. The Aussies will next play a Test match in June against India at The Oval, which starts nine days before a blockbuster Ashes series in England.
Speaking to reporters in India on Tuesday, Andrew McDonald addressed Warner's future and said he's still firmly in their plans. "I think you work through that conversation, and how each player finishes is always different," the coach said. "Some want to go out in a certain way, and others are OK with potentially being dropped out of sides.
"But at the moment Dave's fully in our plans for the World Test Championship final, he's coming back for the one-day series (against India), he's recovered from his injury. So we'll see Dave back in Australian colours on March 17 and we'll go from there."
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