Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs India
Sachin Tendulkar said he was surprised with David Warner’s low strike rate after Australia failed to chase down 353 against India at The Oval on Sunday. India who scored 352 for 5 off their 50 overs, won by 36 runs after a spectacular effort by their bowlers.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled brilliantly upfront to keep Warner and Aaron Finch in check. In fact, it was Finch who first showed some intent even as Warner continued to struggle.
David Warner was in brilliant form in the 2019 Indian Premier League when he scored 692 runs from 12 matches. Against India at the World Cup, Warner who has a career strike rate of 95.47 in one-day internationals, managed 56 off 84 balls at a strike rate of 66.66.
Speaking to India Today after India’s win, Sachin Tendulkar said: “When we started bowling. we kept them under pressure. Never seen Warner kept quiet for such a long time. His strike rate today is unheard of. I felt the Australians faltered in their strategy, You don’t chase 350 in singles and twos.”
Sachin Tendulkar said he could understand Australia did not want to lose wickets early but felt they failed to rotate the strike well which allowed India to exert more pressure.
“Our all round performance has been good. Bhuvneshwar Kumar started well and kept things quiet. I completely agree (with Australian tactics) you do not want to lose early wickets but you need to rotate the strike. Strike rotation took place only when Steve Smith walked in “Tendulkar said.
Sachin Tendulkar said Australia also had to pay for their dropped catches. Rohit Sharma was dropped on 2 while Hardik Pandya was dropped on 0. Rohit went on to score 57 and Hardik smashed a quick 48 as India posted a record score against Australia in World Cups.