David Warner turned right-hander vs India |Courtesy-screengrab
- David Warner batted right-handed vs Australia
- Warner made the decision to counter the threat of Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed David Warner
mAustralian batter David Warner made an unprecedented tactical move in the second ODI against India at the Holkar Stadium in Indore in order to counter the threat posed by the off-spin of legendary bowler Ravichandran Ashwin as Australia attempted to chase down the mammoth total of 317 in 33 overs.
Ashwin is known to have an almost invincible record against left-handers, and Warner was clearly aware of that. The Australian opener's ability to bat right-handed if needed is well known, and he made the massive tactical move to play out the Indian legend on a pitch that had a lot of spin on offer.
However, Ashwin was the one who won the battle, as he got the big wicket from Warner. The veteran opening batter made a knock of 53 in 39 balls before Ashwin got his wicket. However, the dismissal was a bizarre one, as Warner attempted to play a reverse sweep but was trapped in front of the wickets.
However, replays showed that Warned had a massive inside edge on the delivery. To the surprise of most people, the 36-year-old did not opt for a review. Warner's departure was among three wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin in seven deliveries alongside Marnus Labuschagne and Josh Inglis. Later, Ravindra Jadeja added to India's spin magic by dismissing Alex Carey.
Earlier in the day, India posted a massive total of 399 on the board, which included centuries from Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. Suryakumar Yadav gave the Men in Blue the perfect finish with a quick-fire, unbeaten knock of 37-ball 72. Stand-in skipper KL Rahul also scored a half-century.
Prasidh Krishna, who replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the lineup, gave the team the perfect start by dismissing Matthew Short and Steve Smith on back-to-back deliveries.
India are set to take a 2-0 lead and seal a series victory.