David Warner scored 61 runs in 36 balls for Sylhet Sixers during a Bangladesh Premier League match, in which he smacked 14 runs in 3 balls while batting right-handed against Chris Gayle.
A day after hammering 61 off 36 runs for Sylhet Sixers and leading his side to a 27-run win against Rangpur Riders, David Warner will return to Australia to be medically assessed after reporting elbow pain during the Bangladesh Premier League clash. Warner on Thursday showed his versatility with the bat as he decided to turn into a right-handed batsman while facing Chris Gayle.
Warner had played 32 deliveries and scored 47 runs in the match until the 18th overs. As he tried to hit the West Indies allrounder for a left-handed slog sweep, he failed to get the right connection.
So, the Australian international decided to switch his stance into a right-handed batsman. The first ball he faced, Warner smacked Gayle for a massive six straight over his head. In the next two deliveries, he hammered two more boundaries. He eventually finished the innings with 61 in 36 balls to take his side to a competitive total of 187/5.
In their reply, Riders only managed to reach 160/6 in their 20 overs.
“It was one of those things at the back of my mind as I couldn’t get Chris (Gayle) away because of his height and the lengths that he was bowling,” Warner said at the post-match presentation of his decision to try batting right-handed. I play golf right-handed, so I thought I might as well come and swing and clear the ropes. It came off.”
After the match, Cricket Australia reported that Warner will head back home on Monday to have his an assessment of his injury. Despite the extent of the injury yet unknown, the 32-year-old will play for Sylhet before he departs, in the upcoming matches on Friday and Saturday.