David Warner, the captain of Delhi Capitals (DC), admitted to feeling somewhat puzzled upon learning that Ashish Nehra had been appointed as the coach of the Gujarat Titans (GT).
During their stint at the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Ashish Nehra and David Warner had the opportunity to share the dressing room, and Warner revealed that Nehra’s sense of humor was truly amusing. Warner also mentioned another former SRH teammate, Yuvraj Singh, who is renowned for his jovial nature.
David Warner on Ashish Nehra
During an episode of the show ‘Breakfast with Champions‘, David Warner expressed his thoughts on Ashish Nehra being appointed as a coach, revealing his initial reaction to the news.
“They (Yuvraj and Nehra) are ripping blokes. I absolutely love being around them. Ashish just cracks jokes all the time. I am sitting here today and thinking, ‘Ashish Nehra I know, how is he coaching?’ He is just like a soccer coach going up and down the thing. This is innovation and this is how T20 coaching should be. I want to see him throw his hat. I want to see him get that head mic and go, ‘Why is he playing that shot?!'” Warner said.
Throughout his career, David Warner has frequently found himself involved in intense verbal exchanges with opponents. According to him, players such as himself and Virat Kohli thrive in such situations, as the element of sledging brings out the best in them. Warner believes that engaging in sledging provides them with added motivation and focus to perform at their highest level for the benefit of their respective teams.
“Myself and Virat, we get energy off people talking to us or coming at us. If you’re coming at us, that’s the fight and we are in. It’s not about proving a point to anyone. You just get in and your feet start moving and you play your shots. Then you say, ‘Thanks mate, you got me in,'” he said.
The assertive leadership style and commanding demeanor of David Warner contributed significantly to the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s triumph in the 2016 IPL, as his aggressive captaincy and body language played a crucial role in their success.