Warner Inspired Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: VVS Laxman

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:04 GMT, May 31, 2016 |

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman has lauded the captaincy of David Warner who led from the front to guide his team to a maiden Indian Premier League title, saying that the Australian inspired the side’s youngsters.

“I think he led from the front. He is an inspirational character who is very positive and aggressive at the same time. His nature has rubbed off on a lot of youngsters. But the way he has batted, despite being under pressure of being one of the most important members in the side, has been phenomenal,” Laxman told the tournament website after Sunrisers upstaged Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.

Warner was the leading run-getter for his team with 848 runs in the competition at an average of 60.57, including nine 50 plus innings.

Laxman felt Warner made an all-round difference while leading the team and not just with his batting.

“He has had an impact on each and every outing. I think he is a bowler s captain; giving freedom to bowlers, especially when things are not going your way, you need your captain to back you and that s what our bowlers got from their captain. He is also not an experienced captain, but the way he has led the team has been sensational. I hope that he keeps on continuing that. He is a match-winner and a great person to lead us,” he said.

Sunrisers were dealt a big blow with the pullout of an injured Ashish Nehra but other bowlers rose to the occasion.