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16 Mar 2016

India played fantastic cricket in Australia: Warner

David Warner, Australia vice-captain, is wary about India's Test captain, Virat Kohli's aggression on the field. The explosive batsman also spoke about Kohli's importance for India in the World T20 and how he is a different player from Sachin Tendulkar.

"Sachin waits to gets his rhythm. He then lunges forward and hits the gap between fielders while Virat likes to go from ball one and start his innings. Virat has this aggression about him," said Warner, speaking to reporters on Monday (March 14).

The Twenty20 International (T20I) series win in Australia earlier this year has given MS Dhoni and his men the confidence needed ahead of a big tournament.

India's batsmen had a good run with the bat Down Under, especially Rohit Sharma and Kohli. The former notched up two big hundreds in the One-Day International (ODI) series, while the latter scored three fifties on the trot in the T20I series whitewash.

"They played fantastic cricket in Australia. Take no credit away from India. They played good cricket during the ODI series as well. Even though we beat them, their batsmen got big runs. Rohit was one of them, he scored two big centuries," Warner said.

The New South Wales batsman also mentioned Australia's inconsistency when it comes to the shortest form of the game, "As a team, there is a bit of pressure on us because we haven't delivered as well as we should have."

However, he also mentioned that the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) would help them win the elusive World T20.

"Everyone has played in the Indian Premier League. We know the opposition we will come up against. We have to be switched on from ball one, we have to get adapted to these conditions and execute our skills very well."

Warner also considers New Zealand as strong contenders, despite the Black Caps missing charismatic leader Brendon McCullum, who retired recently from international cricket.

"It's a little bit of a gap there, a big gap with the experience, with getting off to a flyer. However, they have got big hitters like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson and Colin Munro.

"You have to take early wickets against them because those guys can take the game away from you," Warner concluded.

The main tournament kick-starts on Tuesday (March 15) with hosts India taking on New Zealand in Nagpur.

UPCOMING MATCHES

23-27 Nov 2017, 05.30 IST
1st Test

Australia v England

, Brisbane

24-28 Nov 2017, 09.30 IST
2nd Test

India v Sri Lanka

, Nagpur

24 Nov 2017, .
1st ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

25 Nov 2017, .
2nd ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

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