David Warner's switch hits during the Twenty20 and Champions Trophy would have surprised many, but the Australian dasher says the shot is easy to execute because of his ambidextrous nature.
David Warner plays a switch hit for six during the 1st T20 against India
at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on February 1. Pic/Getty Images
Speaking on Foxsports' Inside Cricket, the Aussie opener revealed that he used to bat right handed in the nets once he had completed his proper net session. Warner's coach Laurie Hill, also a family friend, was so impressed with this that he suggested the 12-year-old Warner to bat right-handed for a season.
"My coach just asked me if I could hit the ball along the ground batting right handed and I was actually able to do that, but the issue was I couldn't generate enough power while playing the cover driver and the cut shot," said the dashing opener.
Warner credits the season he batted right handed as it allowed him to strengthen his right hand which is not his top hand. "There is natural strength in my top hand now due to that season and it comes naturally now."
Credit to Chanderpaul
The Australian batsman, who is a threat to India and Sri Lanka in the ongoing triangular series also brought up his experience with Shivnarine Chanderpaul at Durham where West Indian taught him about batting in the longer format of the game.
Warner was surprised to see Chanderpaul bat for more than three hours continuously in the nets at Durham. The bemused Warner asked him what was the purpose behind such a long net session? Chanderpaul replied, "You need to bat for a long period of time in a game and so you need to practise it in the nets."
Warner said it was those words from Chanderpaul that made him change his mindset and the way he went about batting practice in future.
The on-fire Australians are scheduled to tour the West Indies in April.