Explosive opener David Warner says that he is ready to face India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and already has a “game plan ready” to tackle him, when Australia meets India in the first of four-Test match series, starting February 23.
I have to respect a player like Ashwin. He thinks like a batsman and I have to be disciplined against him. I have a game plan for him – I have to bat against his strength. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adopt to the situation. It’s going to be a great battle for the both of us. I have to bide my time,” Warner was quoted in a report by PTI.
Warner, who had an incredible 2016, didn’t shy away from praising India’s skipper Virat Kohli.
"Virat Kohli is in the form of the decade. He is a fantastic player and a great sport. He is exceptional in all formats and he is taking the entire country on a journey. He wants the country to ride with him. Virat is frank and he calls spade a spade. Joe Root, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Kohli thrive on responsibility. These young players are unstoppable. Virat is a great example of scoring big tons," the left-handed batsman said.
Warner said that the famous Aussie sledging can work both ways for Virat as he knows how to deal with such situations. ”Sledging can work both ways with Virat. Great players know how to deal with it. We have to find a way of getting into the opposition’s minds. It could be banter or field placements. It is actually playing your brand of cricket. Sledging or banter is just one of the ways to upset the opposition,” he concluded.
Australia and India will play the four Tests in Pune, Ranchi, Bangalore and Dharamsala. Ahead of the Test series, the Australians will be featuring in a three-day warm-up game against India A, which will be led by Hardik Pandya, at the Cricket Club of India, starting from February 16.