New Delhi. David Warner (David Warner Controversial Six) was constantly criticized after he hit a six off the 2 tap ball in the semi-final match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup (PAK vs AUS T20 World Cup). His action was being told against the spirit of the game. Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir also called it shameful. But Australia coach Justin Langer openly came out in support of Warner. He termed this shot of Warner as ‘unbelievable’.
Langer said about Warner’s six in a video shared by Cricket Australia, “It is one of the great things I have seen in the game of cricket. I don’t think anyone would have the tendency to do so. The thinking of most players is not clear about whether to play shots on this ball or not. Because it was a no-ball. It was really unbelievable to play such a shot on him and after that he (Warner) went out caught against spinner Shadab Khan. But replays showed that the ball had not hit his bat. So if anyone thinks that it is against the spirit of the game, then it (Warner’s wicket) probably equals it.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 13, 2021
Warner hit a ‘controversial six’ off Hafeez’s ball
In fact, in the second semi-final, Mohammad Hafeez came to bowl the 8th over of Australia’s innings. Hafeez bowls the first ball. But the ball slipped from his hand and reached Warner standing on strike after bouncing twice. It was a no-ball under the rule. But Warner hit a long six on it.
Talking on this, Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports, “Former captain Ricky Ponting and legendary spinner Shane Warne raise a lot of questions on R Ashwin’s Mankading. What will he say on David Warner’s six? He has not scored 6 runs, he has stolen. It is easy to teach other teams a lesson, but difficult to apply it to yourself.”
Harbhajan also raised questions on Warner
Harbhajan Singh also raised questions on this shot of Warner. He had said that Australia’s team has not done this for the first time. They always do the same. Harbhajan said about David Warner that he did not have to hit a six on this ball.
In the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan, Warner scored 49 runs in 30 balls. In his innings, the Australian batsman had hit 3 sixes and as many fours.