BENGALURU: Victorious Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner with all humility hailed Virat Kohli as a “great leader” as he termed it a total “team effort” after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in the IPL final, on Sunday.
“It was a fantastic team achievement. To lead this side and the support from the players, me pulling my weight with the runs, it has been a hard journey. It’s a team effort. To have the perfect game, we needed to gel. For us, the key was team effort all the way,” Warner said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Asked about the target, Warner said:”Look we knew, we had to get 200. Virat Kohli, what a great leader! I can’t take it away from him. He set the benchmark this season. We knew we had to win three straight games. To win in Bangalore, we were underdogs. But, we batted well, bowled well and fielded well.
In 24 hours, I will be off to the Caribbean. Time to have a beer.”
Warner attributes their success to team effort.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team. It takes team effort to win a tournament. It is a family effort and that’s why we have laid our claim on the title,” he said.
Warner also praised Ben Cutting for his all-round performance. Cutting first made a quickfire unbeaten 39 off just 155 balls and then returned with figures of 2/35 with the ball to help his side.
“At one stage we did not expect to even score 180 runs but an exceptional knock from Cutting made us race past 200-run mark. I am a firm believer of putting runs on board which puts pressure on opponents, and 208 is equal to 215 of 220 in such situations. They were scoring at 10 per over but my bowlers did not panic. They executed what they wanted to bowl,” he said.