David Warner smashed his maiden triple century to help Australia reach a position of dominance in the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
David Warner created history in the Pink Ball Test against Pakistan in the Adelaide Oval as he blasted an unbeaten 335 to put Australia on top in the second Test. Warner's record knock put the ghosts of his Ashes failure to rest and his individual knock surpassed the mark of 334 set by Sir Don Bradman and Mark Taylor. Hailing his mental strength, Warner's wife Candice quoted Mahatma Gandhi on her Twitter page and paid tribute to her husband. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from a indomitable will (Mahatma Gandhi) It’s not important what other people believe about you. It’s only important what you believe about yourself. @davidwarner31 #335notout," Candice wrote.
Warner believed that if anyone had the potential to break Lara's score of 400*, it would be Rohit Sharma. The left-hander also credited Virender Sehwag for making him believe that he would be a better Test player than a Twenty20 player. "I think, one day, if I've to name a player, I reckon it could be Rohit Sharma. When I met Virender Sehwag while playing for Delhi in the IPL, he sat down to me and said I will be a better Test player than a Twenty 20 player. I said 'you're out of your mind, I've not played many first-class games'. He always said 'they will have slips and gully, covers open, mid-wicket stay there. mid-off and mid-on will be up, you can get off to a flier and sit there all day and you'll be picking them all off'. That's always stuck in my mind, it sounded very easy when we were discussing then," Warner remarked.
Warner became the second Australian to score a triple century in Tests in Australia after Matthew Hayden smashed 380 during the Perth Test against Zimbabwe in 2003. The left-hander also became the second Australian player after Mark Taylor to hit a triple ton against Pakistan. Mark Taylor had smashed 334 in 1998 at Peshawar. Warner also became the fourth batsmen after Sir Garfield Sobers, Virender Sehwag and Taylor to hit a triple ton against Pakistan in Tests.
Warner also became the fourth batsmen to hit a triple ton against Pakistan in Tests. Sir Garfield Sobers of the West Indies was the first to smash a triple century when he hit an unbeaten 365 in the 1958 Test at Sabina Park. Taylor was the second while India's Virender Sehwag blasted 309 during the 2004 Test at Multan. Warner is also the seventh Australian to smash a triple century in Tests. Bradman has two triple tons while the other Australian players to achieve this feat are Bob Simpson, Bob Cowper, Taylor, Hayden and Michael Clarke.