Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has criticized David Warner’s mode of dismissal in Australia’s T20 World Cup 2022 clash against Afghanistan. Naveen-ul-Haq bowled David Warner when he was attempting to play a switch hit after having scored 25 runs in the Group 1 Super 12 game in Adelaide on Friday, November 4. However, they later posted a total of 168/8 and eventually won the match by just four runs.
While reviewing the game on Star Sports, Pathan said: “The sort of shot David Warner played, he would have heard a few choice words if I was there in their camp. You are trying to play a switch hit against a fast bowler when you are still searching for your form, so it was cricket of an extremely low standard.”
Pathan continued: “They have not played like that at all. If you see the first game against New Zealand, it seemed they were playing cricket on the back foot from the first over itself. They have not played cricket worthy of a world champion and that too in their own home conditions.”
Meanwhile, Australia were beaten by New Zealand by 89 runs in the opening Super 12 game of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Mitchell Starc was smashed for two fours and a six by Finn Allen in the first over of the game and they failed to recover from there.
“It was surprising because when you came to bowl, when the first wicket had fallen, after that also there was no slip. It was not that there was no movement from the pitch, it was the Adelaide pitch, there was slight grass, you will get the extra bounce and a four went through the slips as well. It is clear that if you do not show aggression, you drive the game from the back foot, it will be problems for you. That is what happened in the end. This game would have ended long back in Afghanistan’s favor if they had a slightly experienced batter in the middle overs,” Irfan Pathan concluded.