"He was master of straight drives, and for cover drives...."- David Warner picks two Indians as "best batter" among former and current players
David Warner enjoyed his 100th test when he stepped on to the field against South Africa in the second game of the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The left-hander went on to score the third double century of his career.
He also became only the second batter after Joe Root to score a double hundred in the 100th test. However, he couldn't celebrate much and injured himself while celebrating his double century. He was retired hurt at 200 off 25 balls, with 16 boundaries and two maximums.
After scoring a double century, the left-hander was emotional while going back to the pavilion because of the cramps. However, he also became the second Australian after Ricky Ponting to score a century in the 100th test for his country.
Warner is one of the best batters in modern cricket, and he excels in all three formats. But after his double century, the left-hander revealed his "perfect batter" on the basis of the signature shots of current and former players.
In a discussion with Fox Cricket, Warner chose Sachin Tendulkar from the past and Virat Kohli among the current players for their straight and cover drives. He also mentioned former West Indian legend Viv Richards and his brilliant backfoot cover drive, as well as Steve Waugh.
Warner said, "I would put that into Sachin Tendulkar. He was a master of straight drives and normal cover drives. I like watching AB de Villiers, a 360 degree player. So he is another guy that you could mirror in with someone like Virat Kohli. These two guys, their shots go hand in hand."
Among the three players on Warner's list, only Virat Kohli is currently active. The former Indian captain was the highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia with four half-centuries. He scored 296 runs in six innings and was one of the reasons for India's semi-final journey in the competition.