“You need to perform when it matters,” David Warner’s reply to Mohammad Kaif’s claim of India being best team on PAPER in World Cup

Warner said that in the end, a team needs to perform when it matters the most, that is, in the final.


“You need to perform when it matters,” David Warner’s reply to Mohammad Kaif’s claim of India being best team on PAPER in World Cup

David Warner (Image via ESPNcricinfo)

Australia were crowned as the six-time World Cup champions when they defeated host team India in the final by six wickets. Former India player Mohammad Kaif, disheartened by the loss, ended up saying that he would not accept that the best team had won the World Cup and claimed that the Indian team was the best team on paper.

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Reacting to his comments, Glenn Mitchell slammed him, saying that the best team wins on the cricket field and not on paper. David Warner reacted to the same by saying that it doesn’t matter what’s on paper, that in the end, a team needs to perform when it matters the most, that is, in the final.

I like MK, issue is it does not matter what's on paper. At the end of the day you need to perform when it matters. That's why they call it a final. That's the day that counts and it can do either way go, that's sports. 2027 here we come.
Warner wrote on X.

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Many Indian fans agreed with Warner. They said that the best team was the team that won on the day of the final. Some Indian fans said that the current Team India was not the best on paper and that they looked the best because other teams were weak.

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Notably, India won all the matches of the tournament except in the final. They emerged as winners in all the nine group-stage matches and in the semifinal.

David Warner’s campaign in the 2023 ODI World Cup

David Warner started this World Cup with a 41-run knock against India. In the next two matches, he got dismissed for 13 and 11 runs, before scoring two centuries on the trot. Against Pakistan, he scored 163, while against the Netherlands, he scored 104 runs.

David Warner
David Warner (Image via ESPNcricinfo)

He would then score 81 runs against New Zealand. After scoring 15 and 18 runs against England and Afghanistan, he made 53 runs in their last group-stage match. In the semifinal, he could score just 29 runs. In the final against Rohit Sharma and Co., he scored just seven runs. Warner is now a two-time ODI World Cup champion.

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