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Unbowed David Warner Ready To Move On After Facing Unfair Criticism
By CricShots - Jun 18, 2024 1:31 pm
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David Warner, the veteran Australian opener, is on the brink pf retiring from all forms of international cricket. But even as he prepares for his last tournament in the T20 World Cup 2024, a shadow lingers – the Sandpapergate scandal of 2018. Six years have passed since he was involved in the ball-tampering incident that left the cricketing world in utter shock.

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David Warner

Warner, along with then skipper Steve Smith, was banned for one year, as they were the devisers of the controversy. Both players returned to the national team, but Warner feels he’s been unfairly singled out for continued criticism.

Duringa  recent chat with the Daily Mail, David Warner said, “It’s time to move forward. I knew when I came back that I’d be under scrutiny. I’ve taken my fair share of criticism throughout my career, but since the ban, it feels like I’ve been the target for everyone, from those who dislike the Australian team to those who simply don’t like me.”

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David Warner acknowledges his role in the scandal and the flak he received initially. However, he feels he’s been a shield for other players, absorbing the brunt of the negativity.

“I’ve been the one who’s copped it on the chin, and that’s okay,” he says. “But there’s a limit. I’m glad I can move forward knowing I won’t have to deal with that anymore.”

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David Warner

Despite his upcoming retirement, David Warner believes he still faces criticism for his act. He acknowledges the scandal will likely be a part of his legacy, discussed even decades from now. But he hopes true cricket fans will remember him for his on-field exploits – a fearless batsman who revolutionized the opening role in Test cricket.

“The sandpaper incident will probably always be mentioned when people talk about me in the future,” he reflects. “But for the real cricket lovers, those who truly understand the game, they’ll remember me for who I was as a cricketer.”

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Warner’s career has been a rollercoaster – marked by breathtaking six-hitting and moments of controversy. As he walks off the international stage, one thing remains certain: David Warner, the aggressive opener who changed the way Test cricket is played, will leave an indelible mark on the game.