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It all started when Virender Sehwag predicted that David Warner, who hadn’t played a first-class match yet, would fare better in Test cricket than in Twenty20s.
What form David Warner‘s international career would have taken is undeniable if the Delhi Daredevils (as they were then called) had been able to sign Moises Henriques before the 2009 Indian Premier League season.

The Kolkata Knight Riders selected Henriques instead, so the Daredevils had to look elsewhere. Their quest came to an end when they found a left-handed opener, 22, who attacked the ball as though he hated the sight of it. Warner had not even played first-class cricket at the time.

Warner was a little slow to respond to Sehwag’s declaration. Even longer, almost two and a half years passed, before Australia’s selectors were persuaded that Warner had what it took to be a successful Test cricketer. And see where the Welshman of the New South is now.

Sehwag perceived in Warner a kindred spirit, a straightforward ball-basher whose batting was grounded in an inborn awareness of his strengths and, more crucially, his limitations rather than optimism and song and prayer. The purists had dismissed Sehwag as a Test batter nearly ten years ago, citing his high-risk style as a surefire recipe for failure.

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