World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner

first_imgWorld Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerIPL 2019: David Warner said World Cup selection was not on his mind but if he does get picked for the tournament, the IPL was the perfect lead-up for any white-ball tournament.advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 00:09 IST David Warner is set to be back for IPL 2019 after missing the tournament last year. (@SunRisers Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner said he was keen on doing well for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019Warner said World Cup selection was not on his mind as geared up for the IPLWarner did not play in the 2018 IPL when Sunrisers Hyderabad met CSK in the finalDavid Warner is all set to make his IPL comeback and he will be the most scrutinised player when Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their season opener at the Eden Gardens on March 24. Warner had to miss the entire 2018 IPL after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal.While David Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year following the ball-tampering row, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months. Warner and Smith were not allowed to play the IPL by BCCI but this year, both men are back and are hoping to make an impact for their respective sides.Under David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the 2016 IPL. He was in spectacular form in 2017 before being forced to miss the 11th edition. This summer, the IPL holds more significance than usual for Warner and Smith. They are not involved in Australia’s limited-overs series against Pakistan in the Middle East but they could well be considered for the World Cup.It is therefore imperative that both David Warner and Steve Smith come up with impressive performances to sow the Australian selectors they are World Cup-ready. However, Warner said he was not going to use the IPL as a platform to stake a berth in the World Cup and added he was focussed on doing well for Hyderabad.”Personally for me the World Cup is not on my mind. We have to wait for selection. Here it’s about going out there and doing well for Sunrisers Hyderabad, doing my best and scoring for my team,” Warner told India Today. “Going into any tournament, the best practice is to play white-ball cricket and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”advertisementDavid Warner said he was determined to give more than 100 per cent for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 IPL. “If I get selected [for the World Cup], I know this is the perfect lead up to any white-ball competition, irrespective of being a one-day format or a T20 format. So, going out there practicing and playing the way I do and putting a 110 per cent in, that is my focus.”Warner said he was grateful with the welcome he got at Sunrisers Hyderabad and revealed mentor VVS Laxman’s words to him after his return meant the world to him.”The fans have been fantastic. My teammates, lots of cuddles and Hi-5s, it’s been brilliant. It felt like I was at home I can’t thank them enough for sticking by me and always sending me nice messages. Laxman is a very, very humble human being and he always has nothing but nice things to say. The words he used the other day really meant a lot to myself, he’s just so genuine.”With everything going on in the last four months, I was at the forefront of his mind, I’m in the Sunrisers family’s mind and that they’re gonna welcome me with open arms as soon as the IPL starts. I’m really grateful for it and just ready to get back into it,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s absence from final 2 ODIs vs Australia left a big hole: David WarnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow IPL 2019Follow AustraliaFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

Read More