Aussie opener David Warner picked Rohit Sharma as his favourite to break Brian Lara’s record 400 runs in the longest format of the game. Warner himself was on the verge to break that record when Australia captain Tim Paine decided to declare as the left-handed opener remained not out on 335 in the ongoing second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide.
“I think, one day, if I’ve to name a player, I reckon it could be Rohit Sharma. Definitely,” David Warner told Fox Sports.
Sharma who impressed the fans in his first match as an opener with two centuries, helped his side thrash South Africa in their series opener and followed it up with his maiden Test double-century in the third match of the series. One of the most destructive batters in the world in limited formats, Rohit has already established himself as one of the core players in Indian squad.
Meanwhile, Warner confessed that it was former Indian opener Virender Sehwag who made him rethink about his career in Test cricket.
The swashbuckling batsman made a name for himself early in his career as an explosive T20 batsman; but during his tenure at Delhi Daredevils, Sehwag asked Warner to play more red ball cricket and suggested that his performance would get better in Tests than in the shorter formats.
“When I met Virender Sehwag while playing for Delhi in the IPL, he sat down to me and said I will be a better Test player than a Twenty 20 player,” Warner said.
“(Sehwag) always said to me: ‘What, they have some slips and a gully. Cover is open, mid-wicket is just there and mid-off and mid-on are up. You just play your way and you will get off to a flyer and sit there all day and pick them off’.”
“It’s always just sat in the back of my mind. It sounded very easy when we were discussing that,” Warner revealed.