'You Can't Get Bogged...,' David Warner Bluntly Calls Out DC's Incompetency
Warner scored 86 in DC's daunting 224-run chase (AP Photo)
Delhi Capitals (DC) captain David Warner credited the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for outplaying his team following a massive 77-run drubbing in their final league match of IPL 2023 in the national capital on Saturday evening.
Chasing a daunting total of 224, the Capitals never looked like getting anywhere close to the total despite a brilliant 58-ball 86 from their skipper.
As has been the case with Delhi throughout this season, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, hindering Warner from injecting any sort of momentum to the innings during his brilliant knock.
One can gauge the extent to which Warner played a lone hand from the fact that the next best score by a DC batter was 15 (8) from Axar Patel.
Speaking to the host broadcaster at the post-match presentation, Warner made no bones about the fact that it has been a pretty underwhelming season for his team, pointing to the lack of adaptability of his players to different conditions and the constant loss of wickets, especially during the powerplay.
Here’s what David Warner said:
"Credit to CSK, they outbatted us today. We did see that it was a good pitch, boundaries early in the over and we could have put more pressure on their bowlers. There were some positives, we didn't go too badly with the ball, with the bat we didn't get partnerships, lost wickets in clumps, we lost some games badly and that hurt, we'll have to look at these things and come back strongly next season."
"We can't keep blaming the wickets, we have been getting some of these this season. We have to adapt to the conditions however tough it might be. You have to back your game plan, hit boundaries and use your feet against spin. You can't get bogged down against any bowlers, partnerships would have been handy."
On a personal front, Warner will be pleased with his performance this season. After struggling to score freely in the first few games, the southpaw regained his mojo in the 2nd half, and eventually ended up scoring 516 runs in 14 games at an average of 36.86 with a strike rate just over 130 with six fifty-plus scores.